Production on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” entered its fourth week on Monday, and just before the July fourth holiday we got our first look at Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. And guess what — he looks pretty much exactly as he did in the previous three “Pirates” flicks: dreadlocks, funky facial hair and boots engineered for maximum swashbuckling.
What is new this time around is Depp’s love interest — none other than Penélope Cruz , who plays not only his potential sweetheart but the daughter of his nemesis, Blackbeard (Ian McShane). And producer Jerry Bruckheimer promised MTV News that the first time Depp and Cruz share the screen, audiences will be blown away.
“She’s so fiery and fun,” Bruckheimer said. “I can just imagine how the screen is going to sizzle with the two of them on it.”
Cruz and McShane, of course, aren’t the only new faces on the Hawaii set. Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) takes over directing duties from Gore Verbinski, who helmed each previous “Pirates” movie. While a new man is in the director’s chair, Bruckheimer said the look and feel of “On Stranger Tides” will remain the same.
“Rob has figured out the tone of ’Pirates’ and is playing right into what the other three pictures were,” he said. “He gets it.”
That’s not to say nothing will change or that Marshall hasn’t been able to bring his own creative sense to the production. In at least once respect, “On Stranger Tides” will be a uniquely Marshall-esque experience.
“He was a dancer and a choreographer before he was a director, so he loves movement,” Bruckheimer said. “We’re going to have a lot of movement fun in it.”
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