Posted on Monday, June 14th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Supermodel turned actor Gemma Ward (The Strangers, The Black Balloon) has been cast for a role in producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall ‘s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. According to the report from The Courier Mail, Ward has been cast in a “small speaking part” as a mermaid, but won’t shoot her scenes until August. I’m sure Ward will probably play a friend of Syrena, “a beautiful and alluring young mermaid” played by French Actress Astrid Bergès-Frisbey.
Ward joins the already announced cast of 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 “Scram, a Machiavellian pirate,” who’ll be “a sidekick to Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow.” Max Irons (Dorian Gray and Being Julia. Graham), the 24-year-old son of actors Jeremy Irons and Sinéad Cusack, will play the character of Scram, a character whom we have no more details about. British actor Sam Claflin (The Pillars of the Earth in Budapest) will “star in the key role of Philip, a youthful missionary.”
The fourth film will be 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.
Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot wrote the screenplay. Beginning in June, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” will film entirely on location in Hawaii, Great Britain and Los Angeles. The film, which will be shot with 3D cameras, is scheduled to hit theaters on May 20th, 2011.