HAVANA, Dec. 28th The expected sixth part of Pirates of the Caribbean, one of the highest-grossing film sagas of the 21st century, will be partially filmed in Cuba,
which would mean the return to the Island of a Hollywood blockbuster.
The new instalment of the successful Disney franchise, based on the characters of a theme park and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, would begin filming in the second half of 2021 if the epidemiological situation allows it, according to statements by a director of the production company that spoke to specialized media on condition of anonymity.
According to the source, Disney has spent months of secret negotiations with the Cuban government and the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), and there is already an agreement for scenes from the film to be filmed in the historic center of Old Havana, including the Plaza de la Catedral, the Plaza de Armas and the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and also in the Castillo del Morro San Pedro de la Roca, in Santiago de Cuba, where part of the film would take place and even spectacular battle scenes.
The recent election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States and the new approach that his administration is expected to give to bilateral relations with Cuba seems to have given the definitive impulse to the agreement, of which other economic details have not been revealed at the moment.
From what is already known, Pirates of the Caribbean 6 – whose definitive name has not yet been revealed, as well as its director – could be released in 2023. Its great novelty is that Johnny Depp, who has played the charismatic Captain Jack Sparrow in the five first parts, will not be the protagonist.
The scandal and legal battle in which the star has been involved over the abuse accusations brought against him by his ex-wife, Amber Heard, have led Disney to focus the new story on another character and could even deprive the Cuban scenes of his presence.
Australian Margot Robbie, known for her performances in films such as Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, Me, Tonya and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, will take center stage as Redd, a theme park character who had not appeared in the past until now. the cinematographic saga and that could be part of the LGTBI community.
Along with her, popular actors already present in the franchise such as Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Turner), Brenton Thwaites (Henry Turner), Bill Nighy (Davy Jones) could be seen running, jumping and battling with swords in Cuba. ) and Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa).
In addition, it has been speculated that Zac Efron could play a young Jack Sparrow and that since it will be partially filmed in Cuba, Cuban actors such as Ana de Armas could be included in the cast – who, according to the Disney director,.Cuban extras and technicians could also be included in the filming, as well as works by Cuban musicians for the soundtrack.
Questioned in this regard, an ICAIC executive said he was completely unaware of the alleged agreement with Disney – although he assured that Cuba would not close the doors to a future negotiation in this regard – and warned about the fact that the news was released precisely on December 28.
With information from Oncuba