Back in 2018, it was reported that Disney will be rebooting its highly popular Pirates of the Caribbean series for its sixth instalment. Now it seems a reboot is indeed happening, with the studio already having their eyes set on Guardians of the Galaxy’s Karen Gillan leading it.
According to The Disinsider, there have been rumours of Gillan being cast for the lead role surfacing as early as last fall though their sources have confirmed that the studio is indeed looking for Gillan, who also starred as Ruby in Jumanji: The Next Level, as the lead actress in the reboot.
As of yet, there is no news on whether any formal talks have happened between the actress and Disney but Disinsider reports that the studio is definitely interested.
The sixth Pirates of the Caribbean being a reboot means that fans might not be seeing Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow in the film, beyond maybe a short cameo. Though a pity, the fifth movie in the series Salazar’s Revenge was the lowest-grossing film of the series and was perhaps a sign that a fresh, new take on the series was the way to go.
Aside from the potential casting of Gillan, another rumour has been floating around the internet, stating that Disney is interested in casting a woman of colour for the lead role (via MovieWeb). This could potentially be Disney’s Plan B should Gillan not take on the role of lead actress for the reboot.
For now, the sixth film will feature a script written by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Ted Elliott, who also co-wrote the first four Pirates of the Caribbean films. Disney has also tapped on Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman (National Treasure) to produce the upcoming film. A director has yet to be picked.
A release date for the film has yet to be announced.