Walt Disney Pictures and director Rob Marshall have found their Blackbeard for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the upcoming fourth installment in the blockbuster franchise. The Hollywood Reporter says Ian McShane ("Deadwood") is in negotiations to play the legendary pirate Blackbeard -- whose real name was Edward Teach -- who piloted the ship Queen Anne's Revenge.
McShane will join Johnny Depp, reprising his role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and Penelope Cruz, Sparrow's foil and equal in many ways, in a tale that revolves around the Fountain of Youth. Geoffrey Rush has also said he will be reprising his role as Barbossa. Marshall will take over the helming duties from a script by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing.
Plot Concept: The 4th film in the series reportedly follows the exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp), who travels to the new world after the death of his puppeteer father to confront his uncle, who apparently has made off with the family inheritance. During the voyage, he gets to know a woman named Beth Hurwood (Cruz) and her father, an Oxford professor. Before they arrive, their ship is waylaid by pirates and, with the help of the professor and his assistant, the captain is killed and Sparrow is forced to join the pirate crew. There is, however, a sinister plot being concocted by the professor involving his dead wife, his living daughter and Blackbeard (McShane). Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits. Jack Sparrow must put a stop to these plans and save Beth Hurwood.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will hit theaters May 20, 2011.