Kaya Scodelario Kaya Scodelario ("The Maze Runner") is one of the actors up for consideration as the romantic lead in "Pirates of the Caribbean 5." Photo: Reuters

With studios winding down their schedules for the holiday break, it appears the producers behind “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” are hoping to find their new female lead before time runs out in 2014. Disney even has a handful of actresses in the pipeline for chemistry testing. But the question of who will star alongside Johnny Depp still remains.

According to a report from Variety, Disney is testing five actresses for the 2017 installment's leading female role in the coming week, specifically Lucy Boynton ("Miss Potter"), Gabriella Wilde ("Endless Love"), Jenna Thiam ("Vie Sauvage"), Kaya Scodelario ("The Maze Runner") and Alexandra Dowling ("Hammer of the Gods"), as contenders.

There aren’t many details on the female character except that she'll be the romantic interest of Brenton Thwaites, recently cast as a British soldier who teams up with the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). If you think the plot is already starting to sound a little like the first “Pirates," you’re right. As we previously reported, the studio hired Thwaites as a sort of replacement for Will Turner, a character originally played by Orlando Bloom in the film trilogy.

Bloom didn’t return for the fourth installment in the franchise after his character was killed and cursed to ferry souls to the afterlife. However, with what sounds like a new trilogy in the works, Bloom has expressed an interest in returning to the series. This means that Thwaites and whichever actress they cast might end up being the new generation of pirates welcomed by the old.

It’s worth noting that Turner’s curse doesn’t allow him to set foot on land except for one day every 10 years. He was cursed in the 2007 film, and “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” is scheduled to hit theaters in July of 2017, so, you do the math.

Besides Depp, another actor definitely returning for “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” is Geoffrey Rush (Captain Barbosa). Joining them as the villainous Captain Brand, a ghost seeking revenge on Sparrow for the death of his brother, will be Javier Bardem, according to ComingSoon

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" hits U.S. theaters July 7, 2017. Which actress do you think should be cast as the new installment's female lead? Sound off in the comments section below.