The latest installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise dropped anchor at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, bringing with it a crew of big stars, including Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is the fourth film in a series that has made a fortune for Disney, with a combined global box office tally so far of $2.7 billion. Reviews of the new chapter, which hits theaters in the United States on May 20, have been mixed, though, and some analysts predict that it may struggle to match the impressive tallies of previous outings, even in the 3-D format.
Depp said in Cannes that there would be more ahead if the films remained popular: “If the people get tired of it or something, that’s when it stops, I think,” he told a news conference. “If people want it, I’m there.”
In “On Stranger Tides,” the actor returns to his role as the indomitable Captain Jack Sparrow after a gap of four years, Geoffrey Rush is back as Barbossa, and Rolling Stone Keith Richards puts in another cameo as Sparrow’s father. There are new faces, with Ian McShane portraying the fearsome Blackbeard and Cruz his daughter Angelica. Once the hero escapes the clutches of the English king, he embarks on a race to reach the Fountain of Youth.
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