Penelope Cruz to star as Blackbeard’s daughter in new Pirates Of The Caribbean film

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer reveals role in fourth film

Penelope Cruz is to star in the next installment of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise

as the “feisty” daughter of “nastiest pirate ever” Blackbeard, due to be played by Deadwood star Ian McShane.

Cruz was already confirmed to star in the film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but it was unclear what her role would be.

The fourth in the swashbuckling adventure series will see Johnny Depp return as Captain Jack Sparrow, but will not feature Keira Knightley or Orlando Bloom, who featured in the first three films.

“She’s the daughter of the bad guy,” Bruckheimer told MTV News. “She brings a lot of humor to it. And the fact that she’s so feisty.”

He also said there would be “a little romance between [Depp‘s] Captain Jack and the character that Penelope plays.”

The film, to be directed by Rob Marshall, will follow Sparrow‘s search for the Fountain of Youth, with filming due to begin in July.