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.
"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.