Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is sailing into theaters next week with a cameo from legendary Beatle Paul McCartney. The rocker, who turns 75 next month, broke the news to his fans on Instagram, sharing a promo shot of himself in full Jack Sparrow-esque pirate attire.
According to E! Online, a cast list reveals that McCartneywill cameo as a jail guard in the fifth Pirates sequel. With the cameo, McCartney joins the Disney pirate ranks with fellow rock legend Keith Richards, who portrayed the father of Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow in two of the franchise’s previous installations.
Deadline reported in March on McCartney’s appearance in the film, noting that the movie’s directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, as well as producer Jerry Bruckheimer, reunited after production ended to film McCartney’s scene. The report specifically notes that an “extra big set-piece scene” was involved.
It’s been six years since the last time Captain Jack Sparrow traversed the wild and often supernatural seas, in 2011’s On Stranger Tides. The latest installment in the Pirates series stars Depp, of course, as the iconically eccentric Jack Sparrow and marks the return of Orlando Bloom as Sparrow’s protégé, Will Turner. Geoffrey Rush is also returning as Captain Barbossa.
New to the series in this fifth outing are Javier Bardem as the nefarious Captain Salazar, and actors Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario, who appear, from the trailers, to have roles similar to those of Bloom and Keira Knightley in the series' earlier films. Indeed, Thwaites is playing Henry Turner, son of Bloom and Knightley's characters. Knightley will have a cameo of her own in the movie, as an international trailer released last month revealed, though it's expected that audiences will get only a brief glimpse of Elizabeth Turner.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens nationwide on May 26.