The ship’s not gonna stop sailing anytime soon. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise, whose fifth installment drops in two weeks, is on track for at least five more flicks, according to new leading man Brenton Thwaites.
Thwaites tells us that Disney execs have locked down the talent for at least Nos. 6 through 10, and he hopes there will be yet more after that.
“I’m signed up for them, yeah,” says the 27-year-old Aussie actor, who joins the franchise as young Navy man Henry Turner — the son of Orlando Bloom’s character Will Turner.
“I think there’s nothing really like it, and I hope they’ll make 9, 10, 11.”
He predicts that the upcoming movie will put the series back on track after the poor critical reception for 2011’s “On Stranger Tides,” saying directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg “brought such a fresh energy to the series.”
And despite the worries of studio execs, who’ve sunk a reported $250 million into the new movie, he says he doesn’t think fans will be put off by the current travails of series linchpin Johnny Depp. The 53-year-old has been battling to protect his image amid both an ugly divorce from model Amber Heard — who alleged that Depp was physically abusive — and a legal war with his ex-managers, who’ve accused Depp of out-of-control spending.
While it’s been reported that Depp’s chronic lateness during the shooting wreaked havoc on the set of the upcoming movie, Thwaites had nothing but praise for the star.
“I don’t know what happened (between Depp and Heard). I don’t know the situation. I just know that he was a great guy to work with. He was superfun and supersupportive on set. He’s great with his fans, and especially kind to multiple charities that people don’t really know about.”
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, production chief Sean Bailey acknowledged that Depp’s erratic schedule was an obstacle, saying, “There were certainly days when our plans were challenged.” But, he added, “No one should underestimate Johnny’s passion and commitment to this character and franchise.”
Source: NY Daily News
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