Ian McShane To Play Blackbeard in Pirates 4

Posted February 23rd, 2010 at 10:28 am

The gears have started moving on the next in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The fourth installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, will focus on the character of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and will not see the return of the characters previously played by Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley. The movie will be directed by Rob Marshall (Nine, Chicago) and is being targeted for release on May 20th 2011.

The main villain will be Blackbeard and Ian McShane (Deadwood) has been pegged for the role. Negotiations are ongoing and expected to be completed soon. Little is known about the movie’s plot but the Fountain of Youth is expected to play a central role. On Stranger Tides is expected to begin filming this summer.