‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ trailer teases Johnny Depp vs. Javier Bardem

The final trailer for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” just dropped in advance of the film’s May 26 premiere. In this action-packed teaser, we see that Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is caught in the crosshairs of the ghost of Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who is determined to make the pirate pay for his untimely death.

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To escape execution, Sparrow goes in search of the Trident of Poseidon. That buried treasure will make him ruler of the sea, allowing him to banish Salazar once and for all to the great beyond. Also in pursuit of this holy grail is Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), an astronomer who hopes it can help with her understanding of the relationship between the ocean and the moon.

We also see flashbacks to Salazar as he was, a naval officer determined to rid the seas of pirates, including the young Sparrow (Depp in digitally enhanced mode). While the older Sparrow cannot recall their previous stand-off, Salazar is obsessed with it. “Pirates had infected the seas for generation, so I vowed to eliminate them all. Jack Sparrow cursed me. I will have my revenge.”

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Depp reaped an Oscar bid when first took flight as Sparrow in the 2003 original that launched this moneyed series. Also back in breeches are Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Oscar champ Geoffrey Rush (“Shine”) as Captain Barbosa.

The trailer tags “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” as the “final adventure.” However, if this return to the well proves profitable, no doubt Disney will stretch out this tale into several more sequels.

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