With Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and most of the other "Pirates of the Caribbean" veterans having likely sailed into their last sunset, it's time to begin casting new actors to seek adventure alongside Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow. The next wave of "POTC" stars began to populate on Wednesday, as Oscar-winning actress Penélope Cruz is in negotiations to star in the upcoming sequel "On Stranger Tides."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruz is playing a mysterious character who is said to be Captain Jack's foil and equal. The film is believed to revolve around Jack Sparrow's search for the mythical Fountain of Youth.
If she signs on, it would arguably be the largest film role yet for the 35-year-old actress. Known primarily for her extensive Spanish-language work followed by a successful turn-of-the-century transition into Hollywood, Cruz has made her name in Pedro Almodóvar art-house films and such notable Hollywood fare as "Vanilla Sky," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and the recent "Nine." Her last forays into action were the 2005/2006 back-to-back duds "Sahara" and "Bandidas."
"On Stranger Tides" would reunite Cruz with Rob Marshall, her "Nine" director who is taking over the franchise from Gore Verbinski. Just last week, Cruz's performance under Marshall snagged a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is currently expected to begin filming in Hawaii over the summer, targeting a May 20, 2011, release. Currently Depp is the only returning principal castmember and many more casting announcements are expected in the upcoming weeks. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has earned $2.7 billion in worldwide revenue booty, currently placing it at #5 in the all-time film franchise rankings.
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