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Sam Claflin joins the new Pirates of the Caribbean. That's right, Sam Claflin.

04.16.2010

The questionably necessary sequel PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES has added a new cast member to sail with Captain Jack Sparrow on the high seas. None other than Sam Claflin will join Johnny Depp in the fourth POTC.

And who is Sam Claflin, you may rightfully ask? According to Disney: Hailing from the United Kingdom, Claflin attended The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He then won roles in the historical mini-series “The Pillars of the Earth,” alongside actors Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Matthew MacFadyen and Donald Sutherland, followed by the telefilm “The Lost Future.

Claflin will play a young missionary named Phillip, which doesn't seem quite as swashbucklery as the Orlando Bloom position he is ostensibly assuming. The actor joins the equally unknown Astrid Berges-Frisbey as the "key" female role of an alluring mermaid, while Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane are in talks or already aboard the good ship.

The Jerry Bruckheimer production is being directed by Rob Marshall (CHICAGO, NINE). It's due in theaters on May 20, 2011, and we can be almost assured it'll be 3D.

Extra Tidbit: Judging by these secondary roles, they're either trying to launch a new group of fresh faces, or just want to keep the budget as reasonable as possible. Or some combination.
Source: Disney

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4:25PM on 04/18/2010
Have to admit I'm surprised they could lore Depp back for a 4th film.
Have to admit I'm surprised they could lore Depp back for a 4th film.
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6:09AM on 04/18/2010

HOPEFULLY IT BRINGS BACK THE FUN OF THE FIRST ONE

Enough of the 2 part sequels just make a good movie and if people like it then make another one.
Enough of the 2 part sequels just make a good movie and if people like it then make another one.
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10:16AM on 04/17/2010
Please, no Orlando Bloom and I will maybe enjoy the new installement...
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Please, no Orlando Bloom and I will maybe enjoy the new installement...
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7:53AM on 04/17/2010
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1:39AM on 04/17/2010
I for one am happy to see some fresh faces. Not so high on the Penelope Cruz casting because unlike Johnny Depp, Cruz is always Cruz in most of her movies. She's uber-hot, but still. Fresh faces are always good. You have the constants like Sparrow and Barbosa to keep the Pirates feel while making it feel fresh with plenty of newbies. I like it.
I for one am happy to see some fresh faces. Not so high on the Penelope Cruz casting because unlike Johnny Depp, Cruz is always Cruz in most of her movies. She's uber-hot, but still. Fresh faces are always good. You have the constants like Sparrow and Barbosa to keep the Pirates feel while making it feel fresh with plenty of newbies. I like it.
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11:22PM on 04/16/2010

how come

why does everyone hate johnny depp and co are going to make a great fun movie this is his time why not make this movie it will exist now
why does everyone hate johnny depp and co are going to make a great fun movie this is his time why not make this movie it will exist now
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9:49PM on 04/16/2010

i'm sorry but

i could really give a shit about this movie.
not even the cool Mr. Depp could make me interested in that last Pirates sequel let alone yet another one.

just not for me.
i could really give a shit about this movie.
not even the cool Mr. Depp could make me interested in that last Pirates sequel let alone yet another one.

just not for me.
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9:36PM on 04/16/2010
I just can't get excited for this film, and I think part of it has to do with Rob Marshall as director. Memoirs of a Geisha was good, Nine was meh and Chicago is the most undeserving best picture winner in recent years. He's not bad, nut nothing about him makes think he's right for the pirates franchise.
I just can't get excited for this film, and I think part of it has to do with Rob Marshall as director. Memoirs of a Geisha was good, Nine was meh and Chicago is the most undeserving best picture winner in recent years. He's not bad, nut nothing about him makes think he's right for the pirates franchise.
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9:33PM on 04/16/2010

Astrid the lead girl?

I donīt think so... Penelope Cruz is the female lead, she will be, in Bruckheimer words, the female alter ego of Jack Sparrow, and by the way, she is quite expensive these days after an Oscar and two other nominations.
I donīt think so... Penelope Cruz is the female lead, she will be, in Bruckheimer words, the female alter ego of Jack Sparrow, and by the way, she is quite expensive these days after an Oscar and two other nominations.
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9:53PM on 04/16/2010
Also she's quite boner inducing.
Also she's quite boner inducing.
9:14PM on 04/16/2010
Smart. When you have a franchise that both sells itself and has Johnny Depp already cast, you need no other expensive faces. Totally a budget move. Almost 100% budget related, I'd wager.
Smart. When you have a franchise that both sells itself and has Johnny Depp already cast, you need no other expensive faces. Totally a budget move. Almost 100% budget related, I'd wager.
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