Let’s be honest, I know the title says ‘Pirates of the Caribbean to Shoot in Aus’ but really we’re all seeing: “Johnny Depp will be filming in Aus!!”… am I right?!
Walt Disney Studios announced today that the fifth film in the blockbuster PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise will shoot in Queensland, Australia, with production expected to begin in February 2015.
Australian Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, is (understandably) pretty darn stoked:
“The Australian Government is delighted to have secured the high-profile fifth installment in the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise to film in Australia with a contribution of AU$21.6 million. This is a landmark deal with The Walt Disney Studios; this film will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia and will focus the world’s attention on Australia as a leading film destination.”
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN producer Jerry Bruckheimer has a lot of nice things to say too:
“We had a wonderful experience filming in Queensland some years back and look forward to returning. With its oceans, beaches, and jungles, Queensland has an incredible array of natural environments which are perfect for our new PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.”
Since 2003, the POC have transported audiences back in time to a mystique-filled world of high-seas adventure traversed by a man who has become one of today’s most iconic characters – Captain Jack Sparrow, brought to life by actor Johnny Depp.
The first four films grossed a combined $3.7 billion at the global box office, and three of the four films in the franchise rank among The Walt Disney Studios’ top 10 films of all time.
Calls for Australian actors are expected (for minor roles and extras work) so watch this space for more info if you fancy donning a bandana and a peg leg on film!