It’s a well-known fact of movie lore that when Johnny Depp first portrayed Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, he modeled his performance on Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards. Richards himself would repay the compliment a few years later appearing as Sparrow’s father Captain Teague, the Keeper of the Code, in At World’s End and On Stranger Tides, the third and fourth Pirates movie. So with that tangential connection between a major Disney franchise and the British Invasion of the 1960s, we’ve learned today that one of the surviving Beatles will be making his way to the Caribbean to play pirate with the cast of Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Deadline had the report of the apparently super-secret appearance of Sir Paul McCartney in the next Pirates movie.
“After wrapping Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg have gone back to add an extra big set-piece scene. I’ve heard that it is built around Paul McCartney, who quietly has joined the cast of the film. […] No one was telling me what role McCartney plays. All I was told is that this is not a re-shoot, but rather an extra scene, and that there is plenty of time to add it because the film isn’t being released until May 26, 2017.”
Along with Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom are returning for this fifth film. Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario are joining the cast as new characters, while Javier Bardem will play the villain Captain Salazar. As for McCartney, he doesn’t have a wind range of acting experience outside of cameos, and the various films that The Beatles made in the 1960s (where he also played himself). His last movie credit was a nameless role as “Banquet Guest” in the 1987 action/comedy Eat the Rich.
On the other hand, there’s a tradition of portraying pirates amongst the Beatles, a tradition that Sir Paul can now join bandmate George Harrison as a part of…
It’s also worth noting that McCartney himself also has experience on the high seas as a submariner.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be in theaters everywhere next summer.