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Young Johnny Depp in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

It looks like Disney will once again be using CGI to “de-age” its actors. The new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales dropped last week, and featured a younger Jack Sparrow. The technology, used in recent Disney films like Avengers: Age of Ultron to “de-age” Robert Downey, Jr. and to recreate Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, seems to making an appearance in every recent tentpole film Disney has put out.

As for the trailer itself? This Pirates movie looks like they’re taking the series back to its roots… maybe a little too close to its roots, and it feels very much like a remake of the first film. The new characters of Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) are very reminscent of Will and Elizabeth, and Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his cursed crew seem an awful lot like Barbossa and the undead pirates from the first movie.

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Is this the last ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie?

The trailer says ‘The Final Adventure’ so it’s possible that Dead Men Tell No Tales is going to be the last Pirates movie. Well, unless it makes a ton of money. In which case you can probably look forward to sequels that may or may not feature Jack Sparrow. But really, I’m not sure where this series would go from here. They’re usually about Jack Sparrow running from a supernatural captain of another ship… for reasons. Let’s hope the fifth Pirates movie is a proper sendoff for the character and that Depp can move on to more interesting things — like three or four more Alice in Wonderland movies. (No. Just no.)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens May 26, 2017.

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