For producer Jerry Bruckheimer -- who's been with the franchise since its start in 2003 -- this latest outing is an opportunity to breathe new life into the adventure series.
"We wanted to make this Pirates of the Caribbean really special and really fresh," Bruckheimer explains in this exclusive sneak peek. "So we hired two new directors, Joachim [Ronning] and Espen [Sandberg], who are Academy-nominated filmmakers, to reinvigorate the franchise with something you've never seen before."
Ronning and Sandberg, both natives of Norway, have continually worked together ever since their co-directorial debut, the 2016 Western comedy Bandidas. In 2012, they helmed the historical adventure drama Kon-Tiki, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film. They also directed the first two episodes of Netflix's acclaimed historical epic, Marco Polo.
Within the Pirates franchise, they are following in the footsteps of Gore Verbinski, who directed the first three installments, and Rob Marshall, who helmed the fourth film, On Strange Tides, in 2011.
"When we heard they were planning on making another Pirates, we chased it" Ronning says.
"We want it to feel like a ride, be fun and scary and emotional, and that means huge action pieces," Sandberg adds.
"Not only is it huge in scope but we're dealing with iconic characters and iconic ships and elements, so there was some sense of magic walking on to that set," Ronning explains.
The stars of the upcoming installment are also thrilled at the new, vibrant charm of Dead Men Tell No Tales.
"This film is exciting," star Brenton Thwaites shares. "So, it has an energy and a force behind it that I've not really experienced before."
"There are new characters that are going to bring a new flavor, a different dimension, to one of the most powerful franchises of all time," Bardem says.
While Thwaites, Barden and actress Kaya Scodelario are new to the series, many familiar faces will be returning to reprise their beloved characters. Aside from Depp, Geoffrey Rush returns for a fifth time as Captain Hector Barbossa, while Orlando Bloom is returning as Will Turner, who became the Captain of the Flying Dutchman at the end of the third film, At World's End.