Another installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise may be on the way with someone new in the leading role. Reports suggest Disney is looking to cast a female lead for the new film and are eyeing Karen Gillan for the role.
The news comes for Disney Insider, who makes it clear that there’s no indication if Gillan has had any formal talks with the studio. However, Disney is said to have been interested in Gillan for the new Pirates film since Fall 2019. Gillan, of course, is well-known to the studio after starring as Nebula in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers films. She’s also made a name for herself in the two Jumanji films as well as on Doctor Who during Matt Smith’s era.
Interestingly, there’s another rumor that seems to contradict the first about Gillan. Disney is reportedly considering a woman of color for the lead role. Maybe this means we’re getting an all-female Pirates of the Caribbean? Gillain in one lead role, someone else in the other? And it would be pretty wonderful to have Kiera Knightley return, especially considering Elizabeth Swann is the Pirate King. Just saying.
What does seem to be very clear from these rumors is Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow will not be returning in a lead role, if at all. That will likely save Disney $90 million and worth every penny. Last October, Disney brought on Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin and Ted Elliot as creators to reimagine the Pirates franchise. Mazin and Elliot had also written previous Pirates films. No director has been named but Disney is aiming for a theatrical release, not a new Disney+ series as has been previously rumored.
Who would you like to see leading a new Pirates of the Caribbean film? My votes are Karen Gillan, Thandie Newton (Westworld and Solo), Kiera Knightley, Mackenzie Davis (Black Mirror and Terminator: Dark Fate), and Rinko Kikuchi (Westworld and Pacific Rim).