Official PIRATES 4 story synopsis released with cast confirmations

Today Disney sent FilmEdge a new press release revealing the official story synopsis and casting confirmations for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, now shooting for the past week in Hawaii.

Of course Johnny Depp returns for his fourth voyage as Captain Jack Sparrow, along with Geoffrey Rush as Hector Barbossa, Kevin McNally as Joshamee Gibbs. Meanwhile the synopsis confirms several rumors about the plot while not giving away too much:

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise —this time in Disney Digital 3D™. In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more:  Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

This confirms that Penelope Cruz plays Blackbeard’s daughter, rumored to be named Angelica, and the notorious Blackbeard himself will be portrayed by Ian McShane, best known for his award-winning role of Al Swearengen in HBO’s gritty western series DEADWOOD.  The studio had already confirmed newcomers Astrid Berges-Frisbey to play a “mysterious mermaid” named Syrena and Sam Claflin to play Philip, a “stalwart missionary.”  Recent rumblings indicated that Australian actress-model Gemma Ward had also signed on to play another mermaid, but this hasn’t yet been confirmed.

Notable omissions from the cast include Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Lee Arenberg and Mackenzie Crook, all not reprising their roles from the first three films either by their own choice or by design of the new film’s plot.

Disney’s release also locks in the long-reported story that PIRATES 4 centers on a search for the Fountain of Youth, long suspected after Tim Powers’ 1988 novel On Stranger Tides telling a youth fountain tale was associated with the Jerry Bruckheimer production.  And as FilmEdge confirmed last month, director Rob Marshall will be helming this mammoth movie for a 3D theatrical release, a very ambitious production and technical challenge spanning rugged locations from Hawaii islands Kauai and Oahu to the UK and back to the soundstages in Burbank/Los Angeles.

Read the full Walt Disney Pictures press release online now at


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