Javier Bardem in Talks to Play the Villain

October 14, 2014 9:25 PM

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Johnny Depp is already in place to reprise his Jack Sparrow character, of course, while Geoffrey Rush is likewise expected to be back playing the pirate Hector Barbossa once more, and Orlando Bloom recently confirmed that he has been in “discussions” to reprise as Will Turner in the movie. Now, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, best known for his villainous turns in such films as No Country for Old Men and Skyfall, is reported to be in talks to (appropriately enough) play the central antagonist in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installment.

The Wrap is reporting that Bardem hasn’t closed a deal yet, but “currently holds the offer”; at the least, the actor seems more likely to sign on than last year, when he was the top choice to play another villainous pirate in director Joe Wright’s Peter Pan origins movie – the role of Blackbeard, wh...

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