Johnny Depp role too old to appeal young audience after Pirates of the Caribbean 5 reboot?

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Johnny Depp role too old to appeal young audience after Pirates of the Caribbean 5 reboot?

After years of build up, which actually turns out to be a number of reconstructions, the Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will finally be sailing in movie screens in May 2017. Not unlike many film series, the franchise may be losing its grip from its original storyline.

In fact, if you were one of those watching the movie for the first time, you probably would not have much to catch up. Rumors abound that the 5th installment, called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will be a soft reboot.

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Orlando Bloom, who will be back as Will Turner, opened up about the rumor during an interview back in 2014 saying, “Basically, they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son.”

Disney wants the film to be appealing to the new generation by building upon new storylines. But first, it is said that POTC 5 will be similar to the first movie, reverting to where it first captivated its audience’s imagination.

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It wants to rebuild itself, and follow a new lead in an island rich of storylines, so it makes more sense going forward.

Part of the reason Disney wants a reboot is because they’ve replaced the original scriptwriter, Terry Rossio, with Jeff Nathanson. New directors are also stepping in with Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.

Rumor has it that their mission involves sailing back closer to the first film, and, to spike more interest from a younger generation, POTC 5 will be fusing in new faces, and a younger female lead, too, with Kaya Scodelario taking the role of astronomer Carina Smyth.

It is said that the latest sequel will touch on Will Turner’s relationship with his son Henry (Benton Thwaites), who will turn out to be Smyth’s love interest as the film unfolds.

Perhaps this will unravel as a passing of the torch from Jack Sparrow to the young Henry?

This could possibly be the last POTC role for Johnny Depp as Disney has sidetracked a part 6 production, which was supposed to be shot back to back with the sequel. It only strengthens the rumor that this could indeed be his last.

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  • Sean

    No, He’s not too old to play Captain Jack Sparrow because as you can see in the Pirates 5, he is still playing that character and won’t be replaced. That’s NOT a replaceable role!

  • gratatt

    Johnny’s not too old, but I don’t think he’s interested in doing any more of those films.

  • Pirate fan

    10 years is gonna be over soon when Will Turner finally returns to Elizabeth and meets their son name William the third played by Dominic Scott Kay not Henry only played by Brenton Thwaites & Felix J Micklewhite. But the secret ending doesn’t make sense in Pirates 3 it should be in Pirates 5 from Will Turner & Elizabeth’s absent days in 2007-2017 that makes sense.

  • Ash

    Johnny’s always young and younger than his brother & sisters. Besides pirates 6 is still announced.

  • Evie

    WOW CAN ANYONE BE THAT STUPID AND FOOLISH!? HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT JOHNNY DEPP IS TOO OLD FOR CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW!? THATS PRETTY IMMATURE!!! YOUNGER AUDIENCE LOVE JOHNNY DEPP AS JACK SPARROW AND THERES NO WAY FOR YOU GUYS TO TAKE OUT OF OUR DREAMS AND HEARTS. PARENTS WILL PUT ON JOHNNY DEPP PIRATES OF THR CARIBBEAN MOVIES FROM THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL TO ON STRANGER’S TIDE TO THEIR CHILDREN TO WATCH. JOHNNY DEPP IS VERY POPULAR AS JACK SPARROW. AS WELL FOR ORLANDO BLOOM AS WILL TURNER AND OTHER PIRATE CREW AS WELL!! GUYS PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON’T MESS UP PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN FRANCHISE!!! NOT LIKE THE MUMMY FRANCHISE!!! THEY MESS UP THE MUMMY 3!!!

  • Evie

    Except for Keira Knightley aka Elizabeth Swann……. Sorry never liked her!!!!

    • Banner

      Ever since she betrayed him when she lefted him to the Kraken with his Black Pearl. She says “Will you ever forgive me?” “No” is what he said to her.

      • Hulk

        First she wanna kiss him now she wanna kill him she suck doesn’t cooperate.and makes no sense. He should be very angry with her he should be using the force on her no matter what how much he’s really gonna get pi$$ed off. She took everything away from him his life,his strength, and his feelings and sh’s still a pirate king he voted for her because she has becoming himself.

  • DS9 is King

    I can’t wait for this movie