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The following may contain a spoiler for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Read at your own risk, matey.
It's been a while since we've seen a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and even longer since we've seen Orlando Bloom in one. Now, maybe we know why. The actor appears to given away a significant spoiler for Dead Men Tell No Tales. Bloom will make his return to the franchise in the new installment, however, if you were looking forward to him playing a major role in the movie, you may be disappointed. According to the actor, he's not actually in the movie very much. In Bloom's words...
My 6-year-old is desperate to see me in it. I'm not in it much but I don't care that I just bookend it.
The line was dropped during Orlando Bloom's recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show (via Digital Spy). The fact that Orlando Bloom was in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie was one of the earliest pieces of information we had about the new movie. As such, it would have been natural to believe that his part in the film was significant. While it's still possible that Will Turner will be vital to the film from a story perspective, that apparently doesn't mean that he needs to be in the movie for very long.
We certainly knew that Will Turner wouldn't be a "major" character in the film. The trailers have clearly focused on Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), and Carina Smythe (Kaya Scodelario) as the primary characters of the film, still, it's a bit shocking, and disappointing, to learn that we may only see Orlando Bloom a couple of times in the movie.
This information likely also means that we shouldn't expect to see much of Keira Knightley in the finished film either. Her appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales had only been rumored until she was part of a recent international trailer in a brief shot. Based on the fact that we've seen less of her than we have Orlando Bloom, it's very likely that she has an even smaller role. Though, again, it could still be an important one.
However, just because we won't see much of Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean 5 doesn't mean there isn't the possibility we could see more of him in the future. Bloom says that the new movie leaves itself open to future installments, so time will tell if we get a Pirates of the Caribbean 6. While one trailer for the new movie implied that this would be the last film in the franchise, that idea has been clearly walked back since.
Does a distinct lack of Orlando Bloom impact your interest in the movie? Let us know in the comments below.