Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales completed production last year, but the film’s release date is still a long way off. Despite being done with shooting, Disney has established that they don’t plan to have the movie out until summer 2017. Fans of the franchise have probably been disappointed by this, being forced to wait a long time for the return of Captain Jack Sparrow, but we have some good news: the blockbuster is now set to come out a few months earlier than anticipated.

Walt Disney Pictures has issued a press release announcing that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - the fifth installment of the long running franchise – is now set to be released on May 26, 2017. This move comes as a result of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII leaving that release date for a weekend in December 2017 – leaving the spot open for another Disney project to nab it. Originally, the studio planned to release the film on July 7, 2017, but now they have positioned the new Spider-Man reboot for that date.

It’s not entirely clear at this point exactly why Disney has decided to hold off until 2017 to release Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but it’s not exactly the first blockbuster to take more than a full year for work in post-production (see both Man of Steel and Batman v Supeman: Dawn of Justice). The film is being directed by the duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon Tiki) and Jeff Nathanson (Tower Heist) penned the script.

The fourth sequel in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will find Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) facing down yet another big threat on the high seas – this time his antagonist coming in the form of the deadly Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). After managing to escape the Devil’s Triangle with his crew, Salazar takes on a mission to kill every pirate alive… and that most definitely includes Captain Jack. Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Martin Klebba will all be back for another round of adventure, but the big return is Orlando Bloom, who will reprise his role as Will Turner. Joining the series for Dead Men Tell No Tales will also be The Giver star Brenton Thwaites and The Maze Runner’s Kaya Scodelario.

More than a month has now been cut off from the wait for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, but what is your anticipation level at this point? Has this franchise burned you too many times, or are you ready to be won over by a trailer? Hit the comments below with your thoughts!

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