Although the fifth installment in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” isn’t scheduled for release until 2017, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out theories about the plot. Specifically, “Pirates” fans are wondering if Orlando Bloom will return as the original trilogy’s key protagonist, Will Turner.
Despite refusing to appear in the fourth film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Bloom expressed interest in returning to his character at September's Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane, Australia.
“There have certainly been some discussions about it and I’m open to it,” the 38-year-old actor said. “That whole experience working with Johnny [Depp] and [director] Gore [Verbinski] was really amazing for me.”
It was previously reported that the fifth film, titled “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” had cast “Maleficent” and “The Giver” star Brenton Thwaites to replace Bloom’s character. However, with Bloom hinting that he’s on board to return, many speculated that Thwaits' character, Henry, will be the son of Turner and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). When viewers last saw Tuner, he’d been stabbed by Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and cursed with the task of ferrying souls to the afterlife. The curse allows him to set foot on land for just one day every 10 years. This happened in the 2007 movie and the fifth is set to premiere 10 years later, so the math kind of adds up.
While the time limit, coupled with the fact that Thwaits looks an awful lot like Bloom, isn’t necessarily proof that Turner is returning, Thwaits did offer some insight into his character that links him to the curse.
Speaking to The Mirror about the movie, the actor revealed: “It’s about a young man who wants to reconnect with his father, Davy Jones. There’s a curse that prevents him from doing that. I think it’s about how he goes around that and tries to fix it and he has to save his dad. I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a lot of fun!”
Well, we know from “At World’s End” that Davy Jones is dead and Turner took up his task. It’s unclear if Thwaits’ plot description is a reference to Will Turner or not. So far nothing has been confirmed about Bloom’s return but, when asked by The Mirror, Thwaits confessed that he thinks a return is “going to be happening.”
Confirmed talent coming to the fifth “Pirates” movie include Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush as Hector Barbossa. It was previously reported that the studio was looking at 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 potential romantic interests for Thwaits’ character.