The trailer, which premiered on Ellen this week, shows some of the origin of Javier Bardem’s villain, Captain Armando Salazar, and his encounter with a young Sparrow. “He took everything from me and filled me with rage,” says Salazar. We then learn that this encounter shaped Sparrow’s character and why he’s being chased. The trailer then continues with a grown-up Sparrow and more action on the highs seas.
This time around, there’s a lot more scenes in the trailer showing Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow, who’s been hidden away in most of the movie’s marketing. We also see the return of Geoffrey Rush’s Barbosa and Orlando Bloom’s Captain Will Turner.
I’m not entirely sure if the young Sparrow is CG for what appears to be a series of flashback scenes. Looking at the movie’s IMDB page, there’s no hint of who might be playing that role. But all in all, it looks like a fun new installment in the swashbuckling series. Despite diminishing returns on the domestic front, Sparrow and the ‘Pirates’ continue to be a major international attraction, with almost 77% of the global box-office gross of the last installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides coming from foreign markets. The movie also has a new synopsis:
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
Dead Men Tell No Tales is directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. Starring Johnny Depp, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom and Javier Bardem, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ “final adventure begins” on May 26.