While Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow was only a supporting character in the original Pirates of the Caribbean, the sequels decided to put the bumbling drunk front and center. If the latest trailer for the next film - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - is any indication, the upcoming blockbuster may go back to the original idea. Why do we say this? Because Depp isn't featured in a single frame of the teaser. Check it out:
This trailer was officially released by Walt Disney Pictures, and it's an unconventional teaser in that it's more of a clip than anything. The scene gives our first look at Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar, and looking half dead and drooling black goo, the villain of the film looks quite terrifying. If you're wondering if the guy looks like he's dead, it's because he is. Captain Salazar and his crew are all ghosts, and they have a serious vendetta that involves Captain Jack Sparrow (of course this movie features a lot of Jack Sparrow - you didn't really think we were serious, did you?).
Based on a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson (Tower Heist, Rush Hour 3, Catch Me If You Can), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales begins as Captain Salazar and his crew manage to escape the Devil's Triangle, where they have been trapped for years. With their new found freedom, they make a plan to kill every last pirate on the planet - but as you can see in the movie's first teaser trailer, Salazar has a special part of his heart reserved for Captain Jack Sparrow, and wishes him serious ill-will. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon Tiki) are directing the film, while the supporting cast includes Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Brenton Thwaites, Kevin McNally, Geoffrey Rush, Stephen Graham, and more.
If you're wondering why the visual effects look pretty great in this teaser trailer, it's probably not just because the marketing team had the post-production team focus really hard on getting this one scene finished. The truth is that not only did Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales wrap up principal photography in July of last year, but they even finished reshoots back in April of this year. And yet, the film is still many months away from release, not scheduled to arrive in theaters until next summer, specifically on May 26, 2017.
What did you think of this first Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer? Did it get you excited for the new blockbuster adventure, or do you think you've had enough with this franchise? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts!