It was a long time ago that news leaked out that aging rocker Paul McCartney would be part of the newest Pirates of the Caribbean film. Now, we have our first look at what the character will actually look like. Exactly how the character will fit into the story is unknown, but it's a good thing we got this poster early because otherwise, we might not recognize him when we saw him. Check it out.
Paul McCartney posted his own Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales poster to his Twitter feed, showing off his swashbuckling look for the upcoming fifth installment of the franchise. It's a good thing the former Beatle has his name plastered across it, because it's highly unlikely that we would have recognized him without it. He's covered in so much hair and beard that he's mostly obscured. He's also got a look on his face like he's about to strangle you in your sleep, which is not what we're used to seeing from the guy who sang "Yesterday."
Of course, the single image still leaves us wondering what sort of character Paul McCartney will be playing in Pirates of the Caribbean 5 though the poster isn't without clues. He's holding playing cards, or at least what we can assume are playing cards, giving him the look of a gambler. Even more interesting, his long hair and beard are done up in a way to resemble Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. Is there a relationship between the two characters? It certainly would not be too surprising.
After all, Captain Jack's father is Keith Richards, so it would make some sense if he turned out to also be related to Paul McCartney. Of course, lots of pirates in these movies have their hair braided with interesting bits decorating them, so the fact that McCartney's character has a similar hairstyle doesn't prove anything one way or another. Still, it would be far from shocking to discover that the two pirate characters played by two of the biggest rock stars in the world were connected in some way, and Sparrow would make the most sense to be that connection.
We don't really know what's planned for Paul McCartney's role though all indications are that it will be a single scene, similar to what Keith Richards had in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. However, the fact that the character is getting his own poster and that McCartney is being advertised may mean that the role, while small, could be significant to the story as a whole.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will see Captain Jack Sparrow team with Henry Turner, the son of Sparrow's old partners to obtain the Trident of Poseidon an artifact Sparrow will need to fight off the ghost pirate Salazar. The film arrives in theaters May 26.