Johnny Depp reprises his role as Jack Sparrow in the fourth installment of the Pirates franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The Walt Disney theme park ride turned movie franchise has consistently been a box office behemoth, grossing close to $3 billion worldwide in total. The newest offering, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, lacks familiar faces such as Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom and instead replaces them with veteran actors Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane. Geoffrey Rush returns as Captain Hector Barbossa.
On Stranger Tides revolves around Jack Sparrow’s search for the mythical Fountain of Youth. Joining him in his quest is his past love, the beautiful con artist Angelica Malon (Penelope Cruz). Complicating things is the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), who forces Jack to join him in the search for the fountain of youth. With a ragtag crew of pirates and eerie zombies, Blackbeard aims to avert a prophecy that foretells his death at the hands of a one-legged man. Incidentally, returning character and retired pirate Hector Barbossa is now a one-legged man.
The series is well-known for its focus on adventure spanning across magnificent seascapes and mysterious lands. Captain Jack as played by Johnny Depp orchestrates the madcap adventure with his quirky, irreverent style, frequently relying on his charm and wit to achieve his goals. Depp has cited Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones as a source of inspiration for the character.
The franchise is planning on making a fifth and sixth film in the near future. The fifth installment will be a standalone film, according to initial plans. Depp will remain involved with the franchise as long as he feels comfortable doing so. A video game was initially projected to be released alongside the release On Stranger Tides, but was cancelled after development stalled.
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