Rumors and casting news has been swirling for a while now around the gestating fourth Pirates of the Caribbean flick. With director Gore Verbinski long gone and Chicago director Rob Marshall in, it's no wonder why the speculation has started reaching a fever pitch. So, who's in, and who's no more?
Well, Johnny Depp is definitely in. Duh. That's the understatement of the century, as the whole franchise depends on him. Both Keira Knightly (who has too many other period pieces to join) and Orlando "Where Did My Career Go?" Bloom jumped ship a while back. Last week the word on the street is that one of Marshalls'Nine stars would join the film, and Penelope Cruz is allegedly negotiating to set sail along with Depp. No word yet on what character she'll potentially play.
Today it was announced that Ian McShane of HBO's foulmouthed Deadwood series could be climbing aboard (don't you just love pirate puns?!) the film as Blackbeard, the infamous pirate and villain that Captain Jack Sparrow will face off against as he seeks out the Fountain of Youth.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will venture out into open seas May 20, 2011. What do you think about these casting nuggets?