'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Gets an Official Release Date

We finally know when the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie will hit theaters, as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been handed a July 7, 2017 release date. Walt Disney Pictures just announced that the beloved franchise, starring Johnny Depp as the kohl-rimmed, eccentric pirate, will only be delayed (as previously announced) a few years due to script rewrites.

The fifth installment in the series will (if rumors are true) find Jack and company in search of the Trident, battling the villainous Captain Brand (a ghost) for control of the valuable spear. Brand blames Jack for his death, as Sparrow turned Brand’s brother Eric into a pirate, eventually leading to the specter's demise. And it wouldn’t be a Pirates movie without a love subplot. Jack becomes enamored with Captain Barbossa’s (Geoffrey Rush) daughter, Carina Smyth. She’s a skilled astronomer who is accused of witchcraft due to her vast scientific knowledge. Last we heard, Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) was being eyed for the role. Better still, Christoph Waltz (pictured below) was being considered for the role of Brand.

The last Pirates film raked in over $1 billion at the box office, so the fan base is there and eager for more. Disney must also be elated since Pirates has the July 7 weekend all to itself (at least for now).

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