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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Release Date & Cast News: Is Film Still Out in 2017?

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Johnny Depp's injured hand prompted a longer delay than expected for the filming of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, production for the fifth installment of the franchise has been delayed until April 15, after the actor flew back to the United States on March 10 to get surgery for his hand injury.

The initial word from the movie's production stated that Depp's absence would only cause "minimal impact" on filming and was only expected to last for two weeks "after Depp needed a pin inserted in a finger following an off-set accident in early March." The shooting break is now being extended to four weeks, the news outlet wrote.

It was also previously reported that other scenes without the 51-year-old actor will be shot first in its location in Australia, to not waste any time. However, the production team would have run out of footages to shoot sooner or later, given that Depp's character, the infamous and trickster pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, is in almost every scene in Disney's big-budget movie, Cinema Blend pointed out.

The shooting delay also means that "under half the current crew of 400 have been temporarily stood down, with all to resume when filming re-starts," The Hollywood Reporter noted. The team was also told last Thursday that "there would be no more work for at least two weeks."

"Dead Men Tell No Tales," which is slated for release in theaters on July 17, 2017, only has 14 weeks of shooting remaining, the news outlet reports.

"Pirates of the Caribbean 5" Cast & Latest Scoop

Aside from Depp, the film also stars recurring actors Geoffrey Rush, Kevin R. McNally, and Stephen Graham, a separate report from Cinema Blend wrote. New cast members include "Maleficent" star Brenton Thwaites, Javier Bardem of "Skyfall," Golshifteh Farahani, and "The Maze Runner" star Kaya Scodelario as the lead actress.

The flick is directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing and Jeff Nathanson as the screenplay writer, Variety wrote.

Orlando Bloom, who portrayed Will Turner in past "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, revealed last year that he was in negotiations to reprise his role, according to IGN, and Variety confirms his return.

"There have certainly been some discussions about it and I'm open to it," the actor told IGN last year. "I had a great time working with Johnny, one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity was because Johnny was involved."

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will see Jack Sparrow "targeted by the villainous Captain Salazar (Bardem) as Sparrow searches for Poseidon's trident in hopes of fending off 'deadly ghost pirates,'" Variety wrote. 

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