Pirates in the Whitsundays! 7:28am, Fri 10 Jul 2015
The Pirates of the Caribbean's fifth installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is set to film in the Whitsundays. Whitsundays has been the backdrop for a number of blockbuster movies and you can understand why, legendary for its beauty and unparalleled scenery.
We welcome these pirates to our shores!
While everyone involved in the Disney blockbuster is remaining tight-lipped, the excitement is building, hotel rooms on Hamilton Island began filling up last week and local marine transport businesses and skipper's tickets are in hot demand.
Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp, who plays the film's lovable lead "Cap'n Jack Sparrow", holidayed in the Whitsundays in May and rumors the film would be coming here have been running rife since then.
Filming for the latest installment of the Pirates series - also starring Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario and Orlando Bloom - has taken place predominantly in studios on the Gold Coast until now. But I bet Cap'n Jack Sparrow wishes he was relaxing on board is own luxury bareboat, not chasing artifacts to control the high seas.
While Whitehaven beach is rumored to be the location of choice, Whitsunday Regional Council chief executive officer Scott Waters said a Temporary Local Planning Instrument for filming at Funnel Bay, where Angelina Jolie's directorial debut Unbroken was filmed, was still available.
The film's publicist Michael Singer said the Whitsundays was the perfect location to finish the fifth entry in this now-legendary series.
"The company is very excited by the prospect of filming in a part of the country, which is legendary for its beauty," he said.
The fifth tale sees "Depp" 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 (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 artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.