Margot Robbie Is Reportedly Set To Star In A Pirates Of The Caribbean Spin-Off
While much of Disney's money-making prowess is derived from the fact that they're able to milk certain franchises for all that they're worth and more, it's probably safe to say that Pirates of the Caribbean, which began life more than a decade ago as a truly original action-caper, has stood the test of time about as well as the ships depicted in the movies. A franchise that was kept in the metaphorical fridge well past its use by date, it nonetheless served as one of Disney's most lucrative cash cows. Well, until Star Wars and the Avengers came along, anyway.
But what to do with a franchise that, despite its clear ability to make money, seems to have had all the creative wind taken out of its many sails? Well, Disney apparently has the answer, and it's coming in the form of a female-led spin-off.
The as-of-yet untitled spin-off will was announced by The Hollywood Reporter over the weekend, however it's yet to be officially acknowledged by Disney. Australia's own Margot Robbie, who is still white-hot after ascending to the A-list in films like Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Birds of Prey and Bombshell, has apparently been tapped to play the lead, while Christina Hodson, who wrote the aforementioned Birds of Prey, will re-unite with the actress as writer.
As ever, Jerry Bruckheimer is attached to produce the film.
The Pirates spin-Off will reportedly release during a planned reboot of the franchise, which also involves a seventh Pirates of the Caribbean film developed by longtime Pirates writer Ted Elliott and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. Whether or not Johnny Depp will make a return to the franchise in this seventh film remains to be seen, but it is known that much of the cast from the swashbuckling series' sixth film is contractually signed to return, and back in May, it emerged that the studio was considering Karen Gillan, Daisy Ridley and Emma Watson for a leading female role.
It's believed that the spin-off will tell a story entirely separate from the main franchise. We'll be sure to bring you more details as they emerge, but in the mean-time, be sure to check out everything coming to your favourite streaming platforms in July.