Set sail for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’

From Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films comes “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge,” the fifth film in the now iconic Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, which returns Johnny Depp to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling antihero Captain Jack Sparrow.

Depp is joined in this new adventure with Oscar® winners Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush, and cast members both new and familiar to Pirates of the Caribbean fans.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” is a rollicking new tale of the high seas infused with the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years.

With the release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” back in 2003, came the dawn of Jerry Bruckheimer’s most successful franchise, one of the most successful series of films in the history of the Disney Studios. The film series was to become a game-changing, culture-altering, zeitgeist-boosting, history-making phenomenon, with the first film followed by “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006), “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011). Collectively, these four films have brought in over $3.7 billion of worldwide box-office, but more importantly, inspired and delighted audiences of all ages around the globe.

Now, the rip-roaring “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge,” finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth, a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry, a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

In addition to Johnny Depp, who was most recently seen in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” stars Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent”), Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner” films), Kevin R. McNally (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise), Golshifteh Farahani (“Paterson”), David Wenham (“300: Rise of an Empire”), Stephen Graham (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise) and Oscar® winner Geoffrey Rush (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise).

The screenplay for the new adventure is by Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”). The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor.

Behind-the-scenes talent includes director of photography Paul Cameron (“Collateral,” “Déjà Vu”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pearl Harbor,” “World War Z”), costume designer Penny Rose (all four previous “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), Academy Award®-winning hair and makeup designer Peter King (all six “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films), editors Roger Barton (“Pearl Harbor,” “Bad Boys II”) and Leigh Folsom Boyd (“Fast & Furious 6,” “Furious 7”), visual effects supervisor Gary Brozenich (an Oscar® nominee for “The Lone Ranger” who previously worked on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”), stunt coordinator Thomas Robinson Harper (Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Jungle Book”) and Emmy® Award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli, who worked closely with Hans Zimmer on all four previous “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” drops anchor in Philippine cinemas on May 24, 2017, in 3D and IMAX 3D. (The film is alternatively titled in the US as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.)

Jude Law steals the throne in ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

British actor Jude Law plays the villain Vortigern with equal measures of dignity and desperation in Warner Bros. Pictures’ new epic action-adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in Philippine cinemas May 17, 2017.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the bold new story that introduces a streetwise young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future.

Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern (Law), who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.

Law reveals, “Vortigern rules through fear. He’s purging the country of mages and the old ways in order to harness the control solely for himself. But the way he came to rule preys on his conscience, on his soul. It’s very dark and very twisted. And over time, he’s almost developed an addiction to the control, to his supremacy, so he’s a man wrestling with his inner devil, that devil being his own ego. It doesn’t matter that Arthur has no awareness of his own status; he’s a perceived threat to Vortigern’s delicate hold on the power he craves.”

Director Guy Ritchie notes, “We wanted Vortigern to be more than just a bad guy, and Jude isn’t a predictable choice for the villain. I had total faith in him and he gave us a really layered bad guy who you love to watch.”

Law adds, “Vortigern believes he is the righteous king, and he thinks Arthur, this peasant whippersnapper, can’t possibly bring anything to the throne. Within the reimagining of this mythology, the writers were clearly curious about the layers to this character, and for an actor, those were good discussions to have. That, and stomping around in armor with hundreds of soldiers and dogs and men on black horses, made this film truly fun to be a part of.”

Law worked with Hunnam several years prior, on the film Cold Mountain. Law recalls, “In that film, Charlie played the villain and I was the good guy! He’s a great actor, very collaborative, and has a solid work ethic.”

During filming on King Arthur, Hunnam became an even bigger fan of his co-star. “I think Jude is terrific, and I think his performance in this film is one of his best to date. He did sensational work.”

Opening across the Philippines on May 17, 2017, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.