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Early Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales reviews are out, and a lot of people are comparing the movie to the first flick in the franchise. Which makes sense, considering the movie sees the return of Will Turner, who hasn't been present in the recent franchise films. It will also introduce us to Will's son, Henry, and we finally know more about what the younger character will be up to in the new film. Here's what actor Brenton Thwaites had to say about his character in a recent interview:
He's a guy who wants to do good and help people. Us young men are always trying to break the curse of our fathers. It will never end.
It was just a few days ago that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 finally confirmed that Brenton Thwaites' character is, in fact, Will's son Henry. The news was buried in a video from the House of Mouse itself, and since then we've learned that Will Turner will be running The Flying Dutchman, having succeeded Davy Jones back in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. From what Thwaites has had to say to USA Today now, the new movie will try to provide some symmetry between Will's plotline and Henry's, as Henry will be looking to break the Flying Dutchman curse his father is currently dealing with.
Brenton Thwaites' comments are especially telling, considering Will Turner's own backstory. As a young man he grew up with his mother, who died. His father wasn't around, and later he was dismayed to learn his dear old dad was a pirate. Although Will Turner was an upstanding blacksmith at the start of the series, he eventually followed in Bootstrap Bill Turner's footsteps, and killed Davy Jones with a little help from Jack Sparrow, forcing him to take over duties on the Flying Dutchman shortly after marrying and conceiving a child with Elizabeth Swann. According to the actor playing Henry Turner, his trajectory will be similar to his dear old dad's, which is tragic in some ways. We'll have to wait and see what that means for Henry's prospects, however.
It's been a decade since we saw Will Turner on the big screen, and first look images have definitely proven that the character will be a little more sea-oriented than the handsome young bloke we may remember. Maybe we should be calling him Barnacle Bill?
Although the franchise is clearly aging, and bringing in new characters in the process, Henry Turner's story should have quite interesting parallels to other moments in Pirates of the Caribbean history, at least according to the actor. We'll know more once Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters on March 26, 2017. There are a slew of blockbusters coming up, and we have them all listed in this handy guide.