From Disney's Ariel to Daryl Hannah in 'Splash,' mermaids in Hollywood have a long and prestigious history. Now you can add the latest name to the litany of beauties from beneath the sea: Gemma Ward.

This according to Australian newspaper Courier Mail, which is reporting that the Aussie supermodel has signed on to play a mermaid in the upcoming Disney blockbuster 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.'

Ward, who rose to fame due to her high-profile modeling gigs, is currently in the process of transitioning to the world of acting; she followed first major role, in the 2008 Australian indie 'The Black Balloon,' with a turn in the Liv Tyler horror flick 'The Strangers' later that year. Since then, according to friends, she's been "studying the craft" of acting, a decision that appears to be paying off if this announcement is any indication. From Disney's Ariel to Daryl Hannah in 'Splash,' mermaids in Hollywood have a long and prestigious history. Now you can add the latest name to the litany of beauties from beneath the sea: Gemma Ward.

This according to Australian newspaper Courier Mail, which is reporting that the Aussie supermodel has signed on to play a mermaid in the upcoming Disney blockbuster 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.'

Ward, who rose to fame due to her high-profile modeling gigs, is currently in the process of transitioning to the world of acting; she followed first major role, in the 2008 Australian indie 'The Black Balloon,' with a turn in the Liv Tyler horror flick 'The Strangers' later that year. Since then, according to friends, she's been "studying the craft" of acting, a decision that appears to be paying off if this announcement is any indication.

The model joins returning 'Pirates of the Caribbean' stars Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush as well as new yo-ho-hoers Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane. The film, which is apparently based in part on the 1988 Tim Powers novel 'On Stranger Tides,' will detail Captain Jack Sparrow's search for the Fountain of Youth.

Filming is set to begin on 'Pirates 4' later this month in Hawaii.
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