With the production about to set sail in Australia, the first official synopsis for the fifth voyage of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (aka Dead Men Tell No Tales) has been released.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him.  Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas

The press released also confirmed the new and returning cast members;

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum. 

There’s no mention of the heavily rumoured return of Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, Bloom has voiced his desire to return to the franchise after sitting out of 2011’s On Stranger Tides.  Considering the source material was a theme park ride, Disney have done wonders to eek the franchise out to the four existing movies. The accumulative total of more than $3.7 billion at the box office is a sum that impresses and horrifies in equal measures. Plot wise it sounds like business as usual for the jolly Pirates, a convoluted story that will likely have at least three sub-plots too many. 

Directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits cinemas July 7, 2017.