Kaya Scodelairo (“The Maze Runner”) is reportedly in early talks to take on the female lead role in the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” at Disney Pictures.
Scodelairo was mentioned last month as one of five finalists for the role alongside Lucy Boynton, Alexandra Dowling, Jenna Thiam and Gabriella Wilde. Should she sign, she is expected to play the main love interest for Brenton Thwaites’ character. Thwaites plays a British soldier who teams up with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).
Hints came last month that Orlando Bloom may return as Will Turner, who took on the mantle of Davy Jones at the end of the third film. They also suggested Thwaites may play the son of Bloom and Knightley’s characters.
Thwaites seemed to confirm the reports in an interview with The Mirror last week saying the film “is about a young man who wants to reconnect with his father, Davy Jones. There’s a curse that prevents him from doing that. I think it’s about how he goes around that and tries to fix it and he has to save his dad.”
Also onboard is Javier Bardem as the villainous ghost Captain Brand who seeks revenge against Jack for the death of his brother. Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning helm the film from a script by Jeff Nathanson. Shooting kicks off shortly in Queensland, Australia.