Margot Robbie has been cast in the first-ever female-fronted Pirates of the Caribbean film.
The Oscar-nominated actor will reunite with Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson to take over the franchise following Johnny Depp’s run as Captain Jack Sparrow. The plan is to give fans a revamped and female-centric version of the beloved Disney film franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is in early development and will be separate from the previously-announced reboot by Pirates writer Ted Elliott and creator Craig Mazin. However, both films will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Though plot details have not been released, the outlet reports the movie is not "intended to be a spinoff of the long-running franchise" and is a "wholly original story with new characters under the Pirates moniker."
The project is still in the early stages of its development and so it will likely be a long time before it gets an official release date—especially amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which continues to affect film and TV productions.
In case you didn't know, Pirates of the Caribbean is the 14th highest-grossing film series ever, grossing over $4.5 billion worldwide. However the last film, Dead Men Tell No Tales, didn't perform nearly as well.
Robbie may certainly be the answer and fans on Twitter seem to agree. “Margot Robbie in a pirates movie isn't something I knew I needed but I absolutely do need it and I need it now,” one fan tweeted.
Many hope the new movie will bring back Kiera Knightley who appeared in four out of five Pirates installments. (BTW, Knightley was only 17 years old when she played Elizabeth for the first film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Orlando Bloom, who played her love interest Will Turner was in his mid-twenties.)
“Margot Robbie and Keira Knightley together in the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot. I would like to see it,” another fan wrote on Twitter.
Robbie and Knightley would undoubtedly be great in a film together, but let's also make sure the film will be more diverse than its predecessors. Now that, we would truly love to see.
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