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Pirates of the Caribbean: 6 Actors Almost Cast in the Franchise

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Pirates of the Caribbean is a fantasy genre film that not only takes its viewers on an exciting sea voyage, but also makes an effort to introduce the audiences to the mystics of the ocean and the life of pirates. At the center of this masterpiece franchise is the witty and cunning swashbuckling character of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Sparrow is portrayed as a character of infinite influence and an expert who indeed steals the limelight in every scene he’s in. Naturally, Jack is arguably the main reason why audiences love this five-part franchise so much. That said, Pirates of the Caribbean also introduces several other lovable and memorable characters like Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), and many more.

Though the cast in this franchise may seem near-perfect, fans of Pirates of the Caribbean will be surprised to know that these actors were never the first intended choice for the characters they ended up playing. In light of hope for a Pirates of the Caribbean 6, as reported by Cinema Blend, here’s a look at six actors who were almost cast in the franchise.

6/6Jude Law

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Will Turner provided the romantic edge to the overall action and fantasy of Pirates of the Caribbean. And undoubtedly, Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom did an impeccable job of portraying the character of blacksmith-turned-swordsman-turned-pirate. However, Jude Law was the first choice for Will Turner. Law’s performance in The Talented Mr. Ripley put him in major contention, however, it was Bloom’s turn as Legolas in Lord of the Rings that won casting directors over. That said, this rejection had a silver lining for Law, who went on to join films like Alfie, Closer, and Repo Men, among many others.

5/6Matthew McConaughey

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It’s true that Depp is Jack Sparrow, and no one could ever play him the way he does. However, during development of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlMatthew McConaughey was one of the big names swirling the role. Per The Things, Disney was initially interested in casting McConaughey due to his resemblance to actor Burt Lancaster, who played the role of Capt. Vallo in the 1952 classic pirate movie The Crimson Pirate.

4/6Richard E. Grant

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Richard E. Grant, known for his titular role in 1982’s Withnail and I, was the first casting choice for the character of Davy Jones. However, Grant was not the only name pitched for this role. Actors like Jim Broadbent and Christopher Walken were other contenders for the character. Nonetheless, Bill Nighy ended up playing the gnarly sea monster in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which turned out for the best. All worked out for Grant, of course; in terms of Disney franchises, the actor went on to star in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the Disney+ MCU series Loki (season 1).

3/6Megan Fox

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Syrena is introduced as a mermaid of unfathomable importance in the plot of the fourth installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The character, as we know, was ultimately portrayed by Astrid Berges-Frisbey, but before she was cast, Megan Fox was in major contention. Fox, who was riding massively high on the fame of her character Mikaela in the Transformers franchise at the time of casting, made several public statements about her prospective role in the Pirates franchise, essentially expressing her interesting in joining the blockbuster series.

2/6Ricky Gervais

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The Office‘s Ricky Gervais could have easily been part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but funnily enough, he rejected the role, saying to Entertainment Weekly (via TrekMovie), “I didn’t really fancy sitting in a hotel room in Los Angeles for nine weeks for two minutes on screen…I was offered a film in the U.S. starring Johnny Depp, but it was a small character part, and I thought, ‘What’s the point?’”

1/6Heath Ledger as Will Turner

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Another prospective name that made headlines for the role of William Turner was that of The Dark Knight actor Heath Ledger. However, during those days, Ledger was still finding his place in the industry and had performed in only few big-ticket projects like 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, and A Knight’s Tale, naturally making him less of a crowd-puller in theaters in the eyes of Disney. Due to such box-office politics, Bloom, who was pretty renowned for Lord of the Rings, was offered the role of Will Turner.

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Why Johnny Depp’s Great Nightmare On Elm Street Return Never happened

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Johnny Depp got his launch in Wes Craven’s classic slasher Agony On Elm Street, but unfortunately observers missed out on his New Agony return.

While Johnny Depp was willing to duplication his part for a Agony On Elm Street effect, unfortunately, observers missed out on this gem due to an doubtful issue.

As a director, Wes Craven was noway short of whim-whams. The horror legend made his mark in the kidney with Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes, a brace of bleak, unstinting 70s exploitation pictures that hid sharp social commentary under a lot of tense set- pieces, horrible spear, and hopelessly dark plot twists.

Over the decades, Craven continued to review the horror kidney with ballot- spawning slasher masterpieces like Scream and Agony On Elm Street as well as further outré chow similar as The Serpent and the Rainbow and My Soul to Take. still, Craven’s unerring whim-whams was shaken at one unanticipated point in his outstanding career.

Luckily, this did n’t deprive observers of a horror classic. still, Craven’s query did mean that horror suckers missed out on a potentially memorable scene that noway made it into the Agony On Elm Street series despite the director’s ambitious plans.

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Jenna Ortega’s Biggest Regret? Wednesday Scene Fans Can’t Stop Talking About

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Despite the ultimate fan love she received for the viral Wednesday dance, the actress seems to think she could have done better.

Quickly becoming one of Netflix‘s biggest hits ever, Wednesday is marching through Twitter threads, TikTok videos, and Instagram reels and garnering views and likes months after the premiere. All of this thanks to the show’s most popular scene — the Wednesday dance to The Cramps’ Goo Goo Muck at the school disco at Nevermore.

However, speaking with Entertainment Tonightat the Golden Globes ceremony, the show’s main star Jenna Ortega revealed that she isn’t fully satisfied with the final result.

“There was so much I could have done and should have done. So, the fact that anyone has shown any appreciation or even tried it themselves is unfathomable to me,” the actress said, commenting on the Wednesday dance’s viral popularity.

Ortega choreographed the dance herself, somehow managing to combine improvisation and old goth moves. Besides, she also revealed that she had to film the scene while having coronavirus — something that the actress and the production were heavily criticized for.

Still, despite Ortega’s apparent regrets, the dance scene is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Netflix’s Wednesday. This all started with a TikTok edit that popularized the dance, but with a high-pitched remix of Lady Gaga‘s Bloody Mary instead of the original soundtrack.

Now, Netflix has greenlit Wednesday for a second season — and even used Bloody Mary to promote the upcoming sequel, apparently nodding to the viral song choice. The premiere date for Wednesday season 2 is yet to be announced.

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Jenna Ortega’s love life: Is the ‘Wednesday’ star dating anyone?

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After the enormous success of ‘Wednesday’, everybody wants to know everything about its star Jenna Ortega.The 20-year-old actress has increased her popularity, and with that, it usually comes curiosity about her personal life, especially if she is dating anyone.

In the series, Ortega’s character is in the middle of a love-triangle between Tyler and Xavier, and fans also wish to see a relationship between Wednesday and Enid. However, while Ortega has grown up in the public eye, she has been very protective of her personal life.

As she is set to appear in a romantic comedy with her co-star Percy Hynes White, who recently has been accused by several women of abuse on Twitter (neither the actor or Netflix has addressed them so far), many wonder if they’re romantically involved. Check out what we know.

Does Jenna Ortega have a boyfriend?

As far as we know, Ortega isn’t dating anyone at the moment. However, fans have speculated that Ortega and Hyne White could be an item because she invited him as her date for the Golden Globes. However, anything is confirmed and they can just be friends.

On the other hand, per Netflix Life, J-14 magazine reported that Ortega left the Globes after-party with ‘The Fabelmans’ star Gabriel LaBelle. Certainly, that doesn’t mean anything either but it’s another rumor that is around.

Also, as we said before, Ortega has always been private about her love life. In the past, she has been linked with actor Asher Angel and singer Jacob Sartorius. But, per Capital FM, Ortega denied that she dated any of the guys she has been linked to online during a podcast appearance in 2019.

Per the source, when asked what the craziest thing she ever heard about herself was, she said: “Probably relationships. According to the internet, I dated like six guys, [but I] dated none of them.”

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