Orlando Bloom in talks to return for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’

The fifth film is subtitled 'Dead Men No Tales' and set for release in summer 2017

Orlando Bloom has revealed he is in talks to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Bloom played blacksmith’s apprentice-turned-seafarer Will Turner in the first three films in the series, but sat out the most recent instalment, 2011’s On Stranger Tides. Disney is now working on a fifth film, subtitled Dead Men No Tales, which is due to start shooting in Australia early next year.

“I’m not entirely sure that [I’ll be back] just yet, but there are talks,” Bloom told IGN. “Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son.”

“I’m of course Davey Jones now, so I’m down the bottom of the ocean,” Bloom continued, referring to his character’s unexpected transformation at the end of On Stranger Tides. “It might be kind of fun to do something where I’m rumbling round the bottom of the ocean, because I won’t look anything like me.”

“Get all gnarly,” Bloom then added, gesturing towards his face.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men No Tales is set for release on July 7, 2017. At present, Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow) and Geoffrey Rush (Captain Barbossa) are the only confirmed cast members, though Aussie rising star Brenton Thwaites is also rumoured to be in discussions for a role. Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who recently shot the first two episodes of Netflix’ new drama series Marco Polo, are on board as directors.