Pirates of the Caribbean is quite the interesting little franchise. It had its start with Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley right at its center. However, when Disney realized the main draw of it was Johnny Depp’s drunken interpretation of the now iconic Jack Sparrow. The fourth film saw both characters Will Turner and Elizabeth completely gone from the franchise in favor of Jack, and it was worse for wear.
After the franchise’s long hiatus, there were always rumors that Orlando Bloom would reprise his role as Will Turner, and even stronger rumors that the upcoming film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, would follow his son. Recent trailers show some guy running around who seems an awful lot like Will Turner-lite, but there was never really a confirmation for us to see, and if you looked at IMDB, you’d see that his character was simply listed as Henry.
While it seemed like an obvious direction to take things, there was still no official confirmation, and it seemed like Disney would be holding out on this secret for as long as possible. However, in a recent behind-the-scenes video, it was revealed plain as day that the young lad in the trailers is indeed one Henry Turner, who we can assume is the offspring of Will.
Take a look for yourself:
While this is by no means a dealbreaker in terms of story (at least we hope Disney isn’t trying to sweep this under the rug and act like we don’t know), there’s nothing worse than when a studio tries to pretend something is a secret when it very clearly is not.
Regardless, this is good news all around. As much as I like Jack Sparrow as a character, he works much better when he’s counterbalanced with a Will Turner type character, so let’s hope that this new guy fits the bill.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters on May 26, 2017.
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SOURCES: Walt Disney