Disney Reveals Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Plot Details

With the fourth installment of the Pirates franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, currently filming on location in Hawaii, Disney has finally decided to release some plot details on the project. Apparently this time around Captain Jack comes across a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) who forces him on board the Queen Anne’s Revenge on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth.  As it happens, she’s the daughter of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and Jack isn’t so sure who to trust, if anyone. While the description given by Disney doesn’t reveal much, it gives us a general idea of what to expect and confirms early suspicions that this new film can essentially stand on its own. 

It appears that the franchise will return back to basics, keeping things relatively simple story-wise. That’s certainly a welcome change of pace considering the increasingly convoluted nature of the sequels.  With this movie the filmmakers essentially have a clean slate to work with, so hopefully they make the best of the opportunity. Stephen Graham (The Damned United, This is England) and Gemma Ward (The Strangers) have also recently joined the cast, and Geoffrey Rush is confirmed to return as Barbossa.  I look forward to what Rob Marshall will bring to the film, as it’s a genre he hasn’t tackled yet and Penelope Cruz is always a welcome sight.  So, thus far, judging by the cast and crew, something fresh might just come out of it. How do you think the latest Pirates film is shaping up?  Could it be a return to form or more diminishing returns?

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  • Kyriacos

    How long till they finally introduce Jack’s evil tween?

  • Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio are the writers still so it might be decent. all in all a money grab obviously

  • Nick Robertson

    I think that Johnny will be excellent as usual, Rob Marshall should excel at this, the writers and cast are cool (Ian McShane cast as Black Beard is as good an example of casting as when Jason Isaacs was cast as Captain Hook) I enjoy the movies and without the two other asshole leads this might be a breath of fresh air – just easy on the CG…

  • Niklas

    Ian Mcshane as a pirate? My interest meter just moved…..

  • Steve

    My interest meter still hasn’t moved.

    Marketeers will say ANYTHING to an audience continually disappointed by crappy sequels, trying to convince us that THIS time, they got it right! “Don’t worry, this one’s darker, it’s a reboot, it’s gritty, we hired an oscar nom, it’s back to basics!”

    We’re slow learners but this is 3 sequels too many.

  • Kevin

    Yo Ho Its a Pirates Life For Me..
    Its about time they put Blackbeard into the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Does anyone remember the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride at WDW when Captain Blackbeard was in it. With Blackbeard I think this film will be much better than At Worlds End.

  • Ben

    I want to know what world the people who think the sequels were bad live in. Because, obviously, films as a whole must be a lot better since these apparently fall into the “bad” category there.

  • Werner

    I freely admit: I love this franchise

  • Zachary

    I’m a little intrigued by it. But so far not enough details have been released yet for me to tell if its worth watching. I know one thing Johnny Depp is perfect as Jack and Geoffrey Rush is great as Barbossa as well. I just wonder how they’re going to do it without Orlando Bloom as Will and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann I think those two were great. But as long as we have a good stoyr with the right characters and well written script to back it up we might have a winner here. So just have to wait and see.