Alongside Johnny Depp, Kiera Knightley and Geoffrey Rush. Orlando Bloom was a key piece to the puzzle when the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise first launched back in 2003 with The Curse of the Black Pearl, but his tenure with the franchise seemed to have ended after the second sequel, At World's End, in 2007. Director Rob Marshall helmed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides back in 2011, and while both Depp and Rush were back in character as Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa, respectively, Bloom (and Knightley) were left off the guest list. We assume the Lord of the Rings star had completed his tenure with the franchise, but now that the fourth sequel is starting to get back into active development, it sounds as though it's possible Bloom could return as well.
This story comes to us from the Daily Mail, which nabbed a few quotes from Orlando Bloom about the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales out of the Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane, Australia. While answering questions as part of a discussion panel at the event, the actor was asked about the upcoming Pirates 5 and his potential involvement, to which he replied,
While it's interesting that Bloom would be game to come back for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, this quote is a bit hard to dissect due to the fact that it's just a tad bit too vague. Who exactly has Bloom been having these "discussions" with? Are they "discussions" with his agent about looking into a Pirates of the Caribbean 5 role? Are they "discussions" with directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer about what kind of role he would play in the movie? Are the "discussions" actually contract negotiations? Without a little more info it's hard to know exactly what the relationship status between the actor and the film really is.
If Orlando Bloom has not yet gotten himself attached to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, then he may want to hurry, as the ship looks to be leaving dock at some point in the next few months. The film is set for a July 2017 release date, and deals are already being made so that filming can begin filming down in Australia next year. Of course, the question remains whether or not audiences actually want to see the return of Bloom's Will Turner. Would you want to see him come back to the franchise after being away for what will be a full decade since his last appearance? Answer our poll below.
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