Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Opens Wide: Friday, July 7 The original film arrived back in 2003 with only moderate expectations, most notable for being one of the first in a long line of films to try convincing viewers that Orlando Bloom could be a ticket-selling movie star without the accompaniment of hobbits. Instead, it took in more than $650 worldwide and was even nominated for five Oscars and although Bloom was the topliner, it was Johnny Depp who became the matinee idol. The pressure is much higher on this sequel, which was filmed in very expensive tandem with a third film, which might explain why trailers have been low on Bloom and love interest Keira Knightley and heavy on Depp, whose Keith Richards-esque Jack Sparrow has a debt to pay to Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). In addition to Nighy, whose character commands an undead army against our heroes, other new additions this time around include Naomie Harris ("28 Days Later"), Stellan Skarsgard ("Good Will Hunting") and Knightley's "Pride & Prejudice" co-star Tom Hollander.
Text by Daniel Fienberg. Photo courtesy of Buena Vista.