New PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES featurette explains new characters

New PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES featurette explains new characters
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The last two PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films weren't anywhere near as pleasing at the initial outing, but that hasn't stopped Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer from giving it another go, despite the dropping of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley from the cast.  But hey, as long as Johnny Depp is on the big screen as Jack Sparrow, everything is cool, right?  Let's hope.  I for one HATED that third movie, almost as much as I disliked THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS... and that's a lot.  I'm willing to give the PIRATES franchise another chance, but there's also the added potential problem that this new outing may be the first of a new trilogy of films.  Are we really ready for three more movies with Jack Sparrow?  Time will tell.  Check out the new featurette below, which explains the characters in the new film, including the obvious question of what Barbossa's role (played once again by the great Geoffrey Rush) is this time around.  I'll say this, Penelope Cruz is looking pretty hot here.  What are your thoughts on the fourth installment of the franchise?  Tell us in the comments. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penelope Cruz), 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 legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES opens May 20, 2011

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.