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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales adds Paul McCartney to cast


Hollywood movies are famous for re-shoots. Sometimes they’re because there’s a problem with the movie and you have to replace a scene to fix it. Sometime it’s because you’re adding something to the movie that wasn’t there before. That’s the case with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which had actually wrapped filming but has now gone back to add-on one more big scene.

Reports are that former Beatles band member, the legendary Paul McCartney, is joining the cast of the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. No word yet on what is role will be.

Also in the film are Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush returning as Barbossa, and even Orlando Bloom returns as Will Turner in this one. New to the series are Javier Bardem as the villainous Captain Salazar, and Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario.

The Pirates franchise does have a history of adding aging rockers to the movie. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards played Jack Sparrow’s father in “On Stranger Tides.” Johnny Depp said he drew inspiration for Sparrow’s mannerisms from Richards.

McCartney isn’t known for his movie roles (those primarily being the 60s-era Beatles movies “Help!”, “Yellow Submarine,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” But he’s created some amazing movie music, including an Academy Award with the rest of the Beatles for the Best Original Score for “Let It Be.”

If there’s any wonder why Disney is returning to the Pirates franchise, it helps to remember that “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” while generally considered to be a disappointment by fans, still grossed over $1 billion globally.

It sounds like adding this new scene won’t push back the release date for the movie, which is still more than a year away on May 26, 2017.