Penelope Cruz in Pirates of the Caribbean Prequel?

There are serious rumors that Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will star opposite Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Apparently, the film is based on a 1987 novel about pirates called On Stranger Tides, written by Tim Powers. In the book, the main character is a pirate (named Jack Shandy) that tries to find the Fountain of Youth. Publishers Weekly says:

World Fantasy Award–winner Powers (Three Days to Never) demonstrates a precise control of complex narratives in this reprint of his rollicking and enchanting 1987 novel. Puppeteer John Chandagnac, bound for Jamaica to recover stolen money from his uncle, becomes Jack Shandy after pirates attack his ship and force him to join their crew. Shandy’s struggle to accept his new life grounds the story for readers, even as Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits. The chaotic sea battles sing, though at times key events happen so quickly that they get lost in the shuffle as Jack tries to comprehend where he’s going and what’s at stake. This dark fantasy tale will appeal not just to pirate fans but also to anyone who appreciates Powers’s talent for blending the most unlikely elements into a brilliantly cohesive whole.

Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot have written the script for the forthcoming film, with Jerry Bruckheimer as producer. Rob Marshall (Nine, Chicago) will direct. The cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will start filming this summer in Hawaii. The film is set to open in May 2011.

For full article: (in Spanish), see http://www.elpais.com/articulo/gente/Penelope/segura/Piratas/Caribe/elpepugen/20100211elpepuage_1/Tes; (in English), see http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=600662 and http://www.filmofilia.com/2009/09/12/pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-in-2011/

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