Ahoy, Macca! Paul McCartney lands surprise role in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
By BOBBIE WHITEMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 24 March 2016
It seems Paul McCartney is taking to the high seas.
The 73-year-old rocker has joined the cast of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Norwegian directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg plus producer Jerry Bruckheimer are adding an extra scene starring the former Beatle to the already wrapped film, Deadline Hollywood reported on Thursday.
Sailing the high seas: Paul McCartney the Pirates Of The Caribbean star as imagined by DailyMail.com. The rocker will reportedly appear in the fifth installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales
The fifth installment in the Disney blockbuster franchise reunites Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa and Javier Bardem as the villainous Captain Salazar.
Orlando Bloom returns as Will Turner after missing out on 2011's Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
There's no news on what role he will play. But Sir Paul's not the first veteran rock star to join the cast.
Out and about: The 73-year-old looked his usual dapper self at Paris Fashion Week, when he supported designer daughter Stella McCartney's show on March 7
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards played Captain Teague, Jack Sparrow’s father, in 2007's At World's End and 2011's On Stranger Tides.
The casting was a nod to Johnny, who always said that his character's mannerisms were inspired by the louche rock 'n' roller.
So Sir Paul could be Captain Teague's brother - or a relative of Orlando's Will Smith.
In trouble as usual: Johnny Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster franchise and has admitted that he based his character on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards
Father figure: In a nod to Johnny's admission about his inspiration for Captain Jack, the producers actually cast Keith as Captain Teague, Jack's father, in 2007's At World's End and 2011's On Stranger Tides
The team has plenty of time to add the extra scene because the film isn’t being released until May 26, 2017.
Meanwhile, Sir Paul and wife Nancy Shevell, 56, were spotted in Burbank, California, where the Disney Studios are based, on Tuesday.
This week it emerged that the veteran hitmaker has launched a bid to reclaim the publishing rights to the early songs he co-wrote with fellow Beatle John Lennon, which have not been in his possession since the very start of his career.
Fancy wheels: Sir Paul and wife Nancy Shevell, 56, were spotted getting out of the veteran rock star's Corvette in Burbank, California, where the Disney Studios are based, on Tuesday
Paul McCartney Joins Johnny Depp & Crew For ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’
by Mike Fleming Jr
March 24, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: After wrapping Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have gone back to add an extra big set-piece scene. I’ve heard that it is built around Paul McCartney, who quietly has joined the cast of the film. The picture, the fifth installment of the Pirates Of The Caribbean series, stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Javier Bardem as the villainous Captain Salazar, and Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario play new characters and Orlando Bloom returns as Will Turner. No one was telling me what role McCartney plays. All I was told is that this is not a re-shoot, but rather an extra scene, and that there is plenty of time to add it because the film isn’t being released until May 26, 2017.
Insiders said the studio is bullish on the first film in the series to be helmed by the Kon-Tiki directing team, and those insiders likened it to the spirit of the first one in the series. The last one, the Rob Marshall-directed Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, grossed over $1B globally.
The Pirates franchise has the distinction of capturing two primary architects of The British Invasion that changed the face of rock and roll in the ’60s; add the iconic Beatles front man McCartney to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who played Captain Teague, Jack Sparrow’s father, in On Stranger Tides (Depp always said that his Sparrow character mannerisms were inspired by Richards).
As for McCartney, he has a list of movie credits a mile long, but they are almost all for song contributions. He and fellow Beatles members John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr shared an Academy Award for Best Original Score for Let It Be, and his most memorable acting turns came playing himself in 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, which arrived the following year.