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In just about 3 years, another film in the POTC franchise will take what it can–which, based on history, could be as much as a billion dollars worldwide–and give nothing back, except a reasonably entertaining two hours or so.

Perhaps solely to remind us that they STILL do things other than Star Wars and superheroes, Disney has decided to continue the lucrative franchise with a fifth installment tentatively subtitled “Dead Men Tell No Tales”.

As for who will make up this outing’s cast, we have no information as of yet–though all 4 installments have thus far starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, so the return of one or both of them is more or less assured…..and frankly, I don’t see how you could even consider making a POTC film without Depp–but then, I didn’t think they could (or should) make one without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley….More after the jump: (more…)

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Debuting online today is the latest trailer for the upcoming fourth film in the Pirates franchise, and I have to admit when I first learned of this film I wasn’t excited. To say I was let down by the third film, At World’s End, is an understatement. The movie ruined what I thought was shaping up to gosh darn great trilogy. Sure, Dead Man’s Chest was a little weak but produce a bang-up job on the finale and you’re golden. Apparently Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer didn’t receive that memo.

So, you’ll understand where I’m coming from when I say I’m cautiously optimistic for On Stranger Tides. The trailer, which you can view below, looks great and very neatly details the plot. No longer is Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) tagging along with lovebirds Elizabeth (Keira Knightly) and Will (Orlando Bloom), and thank the heavens because while they were phenomenal in the first picture by the third I couldn’t wait for them to drown. Directing this time is Rob Marshall who will hopefully inject some much needed life into Disney’s blockbuster franchise. Joining Depp is Penelope Cruz, I’m sure just the feisty woman we want to see Jack tangle himself with, and Ian McShane as the pirate legend Blackbeard. Reprising his role will from previous films is Geoffrey Rush, who I think we can all agree does his best to not make shitty movies, but this time he’s sporting British naval attire. Hmm, what would make a pirate join the navy? Plus, there’s a glimpse of Keith Richards again playing Jack’s dad, the highlight of At World’s End if you ask me.

When I watch the trailer I can’t help but get excited when the theme music plays, I’m really hoping this film captures everything that was great about the first. Watch below and tell us if you’re excited for Jack Sparrow’s latest adventure or are you afraid they’re beginning another unnecessary trilogy?

source: /Film