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McShane Joins PIRATES 4

Ian McShane will play Blackbeard in Stranger Tides.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 22, 2010
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Coach (Ian McShane) gives Frankenstein an order in DEATH RACE(2008).
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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.



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sportwarrior 2/22/2010 6:14:54 PM

I hope they keep this one a little more grounded.  I didn't hate Pirates 3 as much as a lot of others did, but they definitely got a little loopy/crazy with the story direction.  What made Pirates 1 so good was that it was a solid Pirate movie with fantasy elements...  Pirates 2 (and then Pirates 3) just completely went off the deep end, so to speak.

almostunbiased 2/22/2010 8:12:01 PM

I'm one of those that hated it.  Sucked big time.  The story sounds strange, but at least it doesn't have monsters.  Still am I confused, is there some reason why we are going back in time?

FerretJohn 2/22/2010 8:15:13 PM

Except for a few of the jaded Siskel & Ebert wannabes that hang around here I don't know many people who actually hated Pirates 3, judging by the numbers it brought in though I can safely say they weren't "a lot".  Pirates 4?  Without Bloom and Knightly, I really don't know.  I'll try to keep an open mind until I hear more, but I'm thinking this horse has been beaten.

splitmaster98 2/22/2010 8:50:05 PM

Sorry Ferret, but Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly were the weak points of the Pirates movies.  Depp and Rush made those movies.  I think that they made the right choice in dropping the dead weight, so to speak.  Kiera Knightly is gorgeous but expendable.  Orlando Bloom was a waste in all three movies.  I like where they are headed with Part 4.  Rush and Depp are back in and Ian McShane is awsome.  I'm not too sure about the casting of Penelope Cruz though.  Here's to hoping that she can pull it off.

Thorn 2/22/2010 10:09:23 PM

 Ian McShane? That's great f**king news. Perhaps his f**king Blackbeard will be able to shake some sense into those other loopy c**ks**kers.

Bring out them f**king canned peaches, matey!

death4sale 2/22/2010 11:47:54 PM

I love Pirates 1 and 2. I thought they were excellent. I really liked when Jack got killed by the Kraken at the end of part 2. I didn't like part 3. The story got too convoluted and branched out too often. They had way too many characters in part 3 and they kept trying to give each one screen time. I didn't give a crap about the fat pirate and his sidekick with the glass eye. I find it funny that nobody liked Elizabeth and Will, but I loved them both. Will Turner was actually my favorite character and I thought he was the bravest person in the whole series. Jack was always a coward. He was always getting Will to do his fighting for him. My biggest complaint about part 3 is that Will Turner didn't transform into another Davey Jones type character. I think I would have cheered harder if he would've had the full squid makeup on.

But I'm fine with another Pirates flick. As long as they keep the amount of characters down. And stick to the main plot of the "fountain of youth." Don't deviate too often from the story otherwise the film just gets bogged down.

Johnny back. Geoffrey Rush back. And now Ian McShane as Blackbeard. Sounds sweet.

krathwardroid 2/23/2010 12:11:12 AM

Aha!! So Cruz is playing Beth Hurwood! They are following the plot of the novel On Stranger Tides to a T here. I like the casting choice of McShane as Blackbeard.. If anyone can pull off the fear that was Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, it is Ian McShane.

splitmaster98:  About Keira and Orlando, yes, they were weak points for the story. They dragged the whole thing down with that cheap love story of theirs. Could have done without that. At least this time we won't have that problem.

krathwardroid 2/23/2010 12:12:14 AM

Wait, what is this about Jack's father being a puppeteer?? Since when was Edward Teague a puppeteer?

ponyboy76 2/23/2010 2:01:15 AM

Puppeteer? I somehow think that he meant to type, "Privateer" What the hell do puppets have to do with Sparrow's badass father?

Azreial 2/23/2010 5:15:58 AM

I can't wait for the highly anticipated Pirates 5: Pirates vs Predators.  the Predators will ask Sparrow to join them


I for one am glad that Bloom isn't in it, i would love to see Keiras boobs though

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