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Yep, there's the first official photo from the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' courtesy of USA Today. As you can see, it's Captain Jack Sparrow (the dashing Johnny Depp) and a new character named Angelica (the lovely Penelope Cruz) perusing a swamp, surely in the midst of some sort of pirate-related adventure. Feel free to click on that link and take a gander at a significantly larger version of the image (or check out the full version -- along with one other new image -- after the jump).
More interesting than that pic is some of the plot details spilled in the accompanying article. We all knew the film would be about Captain Jack and his nemesis Captain Barbossa (the consistently reliable Geoffrey Rush) competing to find the fountain of youth, but there appears to be a bit more to it than that. The article describes a scene from the movie:
"On a blustery gray morning in the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, Johnny Depp's seafarer is being dragged forward by guards for an audience with King George II (Richard Griffiths), who wants him to seek the Fountain of Youth ... The proposal goes badly, as expected."
Captain Jack and Barbossa working for "the man"? Even pirates are finding a way to sell out.
In addition to Jack, Barbossa, Cruz's Angelica and the king of England, the film will also feature the likes of Blackbeard (the certified badass Ian McShane) and a "friendly mermaid" (the awesomely named Astrid Berges-Frisbey). Many of the minor supporting characters look to return as well, but as previously reported, Orlando Bloom's Will Turner and Keira Knightley's Elizabeth will be nowhere to be found, their characters thankfully retired from the franchise.
You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who didn't think this series went completely off the rails with 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,' but the fourth entry appears to be a brand new adventure, free of the previous three films' convoluted baggage. Stripping down the story to the bare essentials and adding a handful of new character actors while removing the dead weight? It sounds like Disney learned their lesson from that last film, the plot of which remains a confounding puzzle box even three years after its release. With characters this fun and a world this unique, you don't need a twisting and turning plot and an exhausting mythology -- you just need Captain Jack and Barbossa going head-to-head.
'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' hits theaters on May 20.
UPDATED: Check out the new images below, courtesy of Yahoo