If you’ve been following the the new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” movie, you may have noticed that the new handsome male lead Henry looks a lot like Will Turner, the former handsome male lead. Now, a new behind-the-scenes featurette confirms that Brenton Thwaites will play Will’s son.
As reported by io9, Thwaites’ character is named Henry Turner, which seems to suggest that he is the son of Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner. In “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” the curse inflicted on Will allows him to return to land once every ten years; at the very end of the movie, Keira Knightly’s Elizabeth Turner, the newly elected Pirate King, is seen meeting him on the beach once a decade.
In the film’s post-credits scene, Elizabeth leads a young boy down the beach as a ghostly Will Turner appears on the horizon. The credits called this boy “Young Will Turner,” which more or less confirmed that the boy was Will’s son, perhaps also named Will.
This connects back to the first trilogy of films in a big way and gives Thwaites’ character a good reason for going on his pirate quest, despite not having a very pirate-like demeanor. We know for sure that Orlando Bloom will appear in the new film, so perhaps his son has set out to find his undead dad. Only time will tell if that is strong enough motivation to brave the menace of ghost sharks.
Starring Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg from a script by Jeff Nathanson, the film also stars Geoffrey Rush as Hector Barbossa, , Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” arrives May 26.