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Margot Robbie to star in new Pirates of the Caribbean movie from Birds of Prey writer

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After five instalments of having Johnny Depp take us on pirate adventures in the Caribbean, it appears Disney is finally embracing a new look for their blockbuster franchise that has grossed a massive $4.5 billion in just five movies. Earlier this year the House of Mouse announced that a new reboot of the franchise is in development with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin putting the new film together, which will feature a completely different sort of characters and cast.

It turns out that this is not the only Pirates of the Caribbean project in development though, as The Hollywood Reporter reveals that two-time Oscar nominee Margot Robbie set to play the lead role in a new movie that will see her reteam with her Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson. Weirdly, while it’s said this is not a continuation of the story of the previous films, this project is completely separate to the announced reboot. Some additional unverified reports claim that it will be an original story set in the world of the previous movies. Either way, after years of inactivity, there are now two Pirates of the Caribbean movies in development.

It will be interesting to see what formula these new movies take with the franchise. With the previous movies all firmly centred around the bizarre antics of Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow and some remarkable visual effects, now is a good time to shake things up and give us different stories with a style of their own. With this newly announced project, Disney at least has someone who is equally charismatic in Robbie, who has showcased a remarkable repertoire for drama, hilarious comedy and bone-breaking action in her short career.

As for Hodson, after breaking out with Bumblee, she’s been rapidly on the rise and certainly appears to have a knack for bringing popular franchises to life. After all, actually writing a decent Transformers script for a change is no easy feat. Following Birds of Prey, she’s also become a go-to writer for Warner Bros’ DCEU library, having also been tapped to write the upcoming Batgirl and Flash movies. She certainly has the capabilities of bringing quite an exciting story to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and in partnership with Robbie, the pair promise a boatload of fun.

Last Updated: June 29, 2020

12 Comments

  1. BradeLunner

    June 29, 2020 at 11:38

    Always happy for more Margo, but Depp wasn’t the issue with the last few movies

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      June 29, 2020 at 12:44

      Unfortunately, he’s very much an issue for Disney. His very ugly and very public feud with Amber Heard has left both of them a bit persona non grata in Hollywood at the moment.

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      June 29, 2020 at 12:44

      Unfortunately, he’s very much an issue for Disney. His very ugly and very public feud with Amber Heard has left both of them a bit persona non grata in Hollywood at the moment.

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      • MechMachine

        June 29, 2020 at 13:05

        Have you been following the story, It would seem that Amber Heard actually lied about many of the facts. There have been some tapes released that have actually turned the tables and revealed some rather disturbing actions on her part. It is rather interesting to see some of the stuff unfold. I hate to say this, but I think Heard is a pathological liar and has smeared Depp, which is a shame, because I liked her at first. But when you hear those recordings and see those depositions, it sends shivers down the spine.

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        • Kervyn Cloete

          June 29, 2020 at 13:18

          I have been following the case, and both sides appear to have said and done some rather vile stuff, including making stuff up about the other. There’s no innocent party here. It’s just one big mess.

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          • MechMachine

            June 29, 2020 at 13:18

            Well, I guess the future will unravel the whole thing. But, It’s not looking good for Heard, she used the momentum of metoo to smear Depp, at that in itself is just wrong.

          • Kervyn Cloete

            June 29, 2020 at 13:18

            Oh she definitely fucked up big time, and I think that in the long run she will come off the worse for wear between the two.

          • MechMachine

            June 29, 2020 at 15:24

            I hope there is a path of redemption. I hate the idea of people being without recourse.

  2. CrAiGiSh

    June 29, 2020 at 12:05

    Pirates of the Caribbean was brilliant …

    But then they decided to make more 🙁

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 29, 2020 at 12:18

      Davy Jones was pretty cool, the ending of the third movie sucked for Will and Elizabeth. They should’ve stopped there but there’s money to be made.

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      • MechMachine

        June 29, 2020 at 13:51

        Hey, I liked their Story…K.

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    • MechMachine

      June 29, 2020 at 13:05

      Admittedly, by the third one, the franchise was getting a little meh.

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