Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides gains baddie
While we had a commenter claiming to be a friend of Jerry Bruckheimer on the site saying that the production was dead, two pieces of real news confirm he was lying. The first was that Johnny Depp was talking positively about the film just the other day, and the other is that the bad guy has been decided upon and casting is well underway.
In fact there's a rather well known English actor who is up for the role of Blackbeard the pirate, so I think it's safe to say he was talking rubbish and the film is going ahead.
Blackbeard, whose real name was Edward Teach or Edward Thatch, captained a ship called Queen Anne's Revenge, and sailed around the West Indies and the Eastern Coast of the American colonies.
He began his pirate career in the crew of the pirate Benjamin Hornigold, but within a year had his own ship. You can read more about him over on Wikipedia.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the star in negotiations to play him is Ian McShane, and that's all we hear on the fact. He will join Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz for the film, and already we're starting to see a building of a new, and equally star studded cast.
I'm starting to wonder if they really are serious about keeping this franchise going beyond this one film.
I do hope that they get McShane, he's a cracking actor and he's great at playing comedy and a bad guy and still retaining that feeling of fear that the bad guy needs to.