Posted on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Many of you will recall that star Johnny Depp credited Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards for inspiring his character in the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and Disney had the guitarist written into the last installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, as Sparrow’s father: Captain Teague. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is expected to be a stand alone adventure following Jack Sparrow’s quest for the Fountain of Youth. The latest adventure will somehow result in a family reunion.
Reuters has a write-up of Richards’ new memoir “Life” which breaks the news that the musician is set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow’s father in the fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean. The article confirms that “the two are currently shooting the series’ fourth installment, where Richards reprises his role as Sparrow’s father.” Nothing else is known about Richard’s appearance. It could very well just be a cameo. Thanks to /Film reader Jack S for the tip.
Official Plot Synopsis:
In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love–or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.
Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot‘s screenplay is based on Tim Powers’ pirate novel On Stranger Tides which was optioned by Disney years ago. The novel tells the story of Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth. Here’s the plot of the novel:
Puppeteer John Chandagnac, bound for Jamaica to recover stolen money from his uncle, becomes Jack Shandy after pirates attack his ship and force him to join their crew. Shandy’s struggle to accept his new life grounds the story for readers, even as Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits. The chaotic sea battles sing, though at times key events happen so quickly that they get lost in the shuffle as Jack tries to comprehend where he’s going and what’s at stake.
Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and Rob Marshall is directing. The announced cast includes Johnny Depp, who is reprising his role of Captain Jack Sparrow, Ian McShane who will play Edward Teach, better known as the legendary pirate Blackbeard, a notorious black-bearded pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies during the early 1700s, and famously piloted the ship Queen Anne’s Revenge, Penelope Cruz, who will be playing Blackbeard’s daughter, “Sparrow’s foil and equal in many ways”, and French Actress Astrid Bergès-Frisbey who will play a beautiful and alluring young mermaid named Syrena.
Stephen Graham (Public Enemies, This Is England, Gangs of New York, Band of Brothers and Snatch) will be “Scrum, a Machiavellian pirate,” who’ll be “a sidekick to Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow.” British actor Sam Claflin (The Pillars of the Earth in Budapest) will “star in the key role of Philip, a youthful missionary.”
The film is being shot on location in Hawaii, Great Britain and Los Angeles with 3D cameras. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will hit theaters on May 20th 2012.