'Pirates of the Caribbean' Featurette Confirms Brenton Thwaites' Character Identity

'Pirates of the Caribbean' Featurette Confirms Brenton Thwaites' Character Identity

By Robert Dougherty Mar 29, 2017 09:02 AM
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is introducing a new male non-Jack Sparrow lead in Brenton Thwaites' Henry. His last name hadn't been officially revealed before now, yet most had already assumed it was Turner, and a new featurette has just proven them right.

The fact that Thwaites is playing the grown son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann isn't actually discussed in the video, yet Thwaites' appearance at the 1:03 mark does at least confirm Henry's last name.

The signs already pointed to this reveal, such as Orlando Bloom's return as the original Turner, the rumors that Keira Knightley will also return during the end credits, and that Dead Men Tell No Tales seems to have the same basic set up as The Curse of the Black Pearl. Yet to their credit, they aren't hiding the true identity of a main character until long after everyone else figured it out, like Star Trek Into Darkness, Spectre and other recent blockbusters have.

But while Jack Sparrow is once again facing vengeful undead pirates with the help of a Turner and a feisty heroine, producer Jerry Bruckheimer still insists that this is "something we've never seen before" thanks to new directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. They're already using different tactics by not revolving the early trailers around Jack, or at least not around Johnny Depp, who is absent from the featurette as well.

From what they have shown of Jack so far, it is clear he hasn't aged a day, even though Dead Men Tell No Tales is now officially set about 20 years after Henry Turner was conceived at the end of At World's End. At the least, Will Turner being dead and the captain of the Flying Dutchman will explain his still youthful appearance when he comes back, whether or not that includes a lengthy reunion with his son or any reunion at all.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will tell that tale and many others on May 26.

Tags: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Brenton Thwaites, Orlando Bloom, Jerry Bruckheimer, Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean
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