News keeps filtering in about Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, supposedly the last in the hugely popular franchise which made a certain Captain Jack Sparrow into a household name, and now Deadline tells us that six young Hollywood heartthrobs are currently being considered for the mysterious role of Henry in the film. Who are these young pups? Well, there’s Ansel Elgort, who recently starrred in the hugely flawed and in fact downright infuriating but hugely popular weepie The Fault In Our Stars opposite Shailene Woodley. His performance was overshadowed by his co-star’s, but he still did a decent job. Then there’s Taron Egerton, who will soon be seen in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service, playing opposite Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong and Michael Caine, Pride’s George MacKay, Maleficent’s Brenton Thwaites, Sam Keeley from In The Heart Of The Sea, and Descendant’s Mitchell Hope, all currently being considered as well. I hope whoever wins the role will make a better impression than Sam Claflin did in the last film, though he does seem to have a decent career going despite that and has proved himself to be not a bad actor.
Meanwhile, in a film where it’s rumoured that Orlando Bloom may make a return, one of the other stars of the first three movies certainly won’t be returning. Keira Knightley, whose new film The Imitation Game comes out in the States this Friday and in the UK the following one, played Elizabeth Swann in the first three Pirates instalments, and Digital Spy asked if she may return to the franchise.
“No, I don’t think so. It was an amazing point in my life, but it was a good five-year chunk. It was incredible, but I can’t really imagine going back to it.”
Bet you Geoffery Rush will be back though…