In this summer's swashbuckling sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, British newcomer Sam Claflin goes toe to toe with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and a much more fearsome pirate: Blackbeard (Ian McShane), the legendary captain of a zombie ship on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth. But while Claflin holds his own as idealistic young Philip Swift, the missionary who falls for a mermaid (Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey) and defies Blackbeard on pain of death, in real life he owes a debt of gratitude to the erstwhile Al Swearengen.
British newcomer Sam Claflin makes his Hollywood debut this month in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and he just landed the part of Kristen Stewart's prince in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, so it's safe to say he's on the brink of a rapid star ascension. On Friday, the 24-year-old confirmed his Twitter handle to Movieline (@SamClaflin) and expressed genuine giddy surprise at his ever-growing follower count. Does he know what he's in for?
Speaking to journalists Thursday in Beverly Hills, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides superproducer Jerry Bruckheimer was guarded as ever where details of a fifth Pirates were concerned. But at least he was honest about what it'll take for Disney to officially give the green light. "If it makes them a lot of money, it's a success. And hopefully it makes them a lot of money." Something tells us the radical idea Johnny Depp shared for filming Pirates 5 and 6 won't exactly fly.
English actor Sam Claflin is joining the fairytale reimagining Snow White and the Huntsman, playing the prince opposite Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the evil queen, and, if he accepts the offer, Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman. Yes, this could be the prettiest cast of all time. Don't know the name Sam Claflin yet? Don't worry, you will once Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens and you see mermaids falling all over their fins to be with him. [Deadline]
Now, I will go bananas over some OPI special edition nail polishes; why, with cleverly punny names like "Skull and Glossbones," even Captain Jack Sparrow himself would rock some silver crackle polish on his grubby pirate claws. Probably. But who in the world is gonna drop hundreds on designer purses, scarves, and jewelry merchandising tie-ins to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides?
With Vin Diesel and The Rock currently muscling their way to global domination and Thor set to kick off the summer's action-packed slate with his comic book brawn, there's already a surplus of testosterone at the box office. But looking forward to the next few months, the field's only going to get more crowded with bromantic buddies, pirates, alien robots, superheroes, and cowboys mixing it up at the multiplex. Where have all the ladies gone?
Over at Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides website there are a LOT of nifty features for the Pirates-obsessed to fritter the morning away on. And if you spend just enough time frolicking in the trailers, behind-the-scenes videos, and character features you'll be rewarded with four new pieces of Pirates art, including lifelike sketches of Ian McShane as Blackbeard and Penelope Cruz as Blackbeard's swashbuckling daughter.
A handful of online press got a sneak peek at Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon the other day, complete with face time with Michael Bay himself. Alas, Movieline was not in attendance, so we'll have to take these other folks' word for it and assume Transformers 3 could be the balls-out, insane, eyeball-searing giant robot war movie to end all giant robot war movies! Right, guys?!