Director: Rob Marshall
Stars: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Richard Griffiths, Gemma Ward
Release Date: May 20
Why we’re excited: The good news: Johnny Depp’s fourth turn as drunken pirate Captain Jack Sparrow comes minus Orlando Bloom and his romantic subplot with Keira Knightley. So that’s a plus, no? Well, here’s the bad news: Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is directed by Rob Marshall, he of Chicago and Nine fame.

Should we expect musical numbers interspersed with slapstick sword fights? Thankfully, no, because On Stranger Tides isn’t a musical; it’s the first of potentially many Jack Sparrow-specific sequels. Here, Depp is joined by hottie Penelope Cruz as his new sidekick, Deadwood’s badass Ian McShane as the villainous Blackbeard, Australian model Gemma Ward as a sexy mermaid, and, reportedly, zombies.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has gone from the sequel we didn’t want to one we’re cautiously optimistic about. At the least, Depp should regain some mojo after last year’s one-two combo of incredible lameness, Alice In Wonderland and The Tourist.