‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5’: Johnny Depp injures hand on location in Australia

The sequel's shooting schedule will be 'minimally impacted' by Depp's injury

Johnny Depp injured his hand over the weekend while on location in Australia shooting the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean film.

The actor will fly from Australia to his native US to have surgery on his hand, The Wrap reports, but a spokesperson for the film insisted that its shooting schedule will be “minimally impacted” and its July 2017 release date remains unaffected. Depp did not sustain his injury while on the set of the sequel, which is titled Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men No Tales.

Depp started shooting the sequel in Australia last month (February). Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who recently helmed the first two episodes of Netflix’s original series Marco Polo, are directing.

Disney’s plot synopsis for the sequel teases: “Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.”

Alongside Depp and Bardem, the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean film will star former Skins actress Kaya Scodelario, who joined the cast in January, and young up-and-coming Australian actor Brenton Thwaites. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Rush will reprise his regular Pirates role as Captain Barbossa.

In December (2014) Orlando Bloom revealed that he was in talks to return to the franchise, but at present he hasn’t officially been added to the cast. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men No Tales is set for release on July 7, 2017.