Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Begins Production

February 18, 2015

PiratesProduction has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, British television’s Skins) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone, Exodus: Gods and Kings). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.

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.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). The executive producers are Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo Jr. and Brigham Taylor.

Into the Woods – to be Released 12/25/2014

Into the Woods

September 16, 2014

Despite the blazing-hot California sunshine, The Walt Disney Studios lot never felt so Frozen. On Friday, September 12,the Disney film that became a global sensation and the No. 1 animated movie of all time was honored at the Company’s headquarters.

Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, Into the Woods is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Catch the film in theaters on December 25.

Production Begins on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass

Alice In WonderlandDisney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast that includes Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time. Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth, Jennifer Todd , Suzanne Todd and Tim Burton. John G. Scotti is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.

The all-star ensemble cast includes:

  • Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the Mad Hatter—Hatter Tarrant Hightopp.
  • Anne Hathaway portrays the White Queen—Mirana.
  • Mia Wasikowska once again appears as Alice Kingsleigh, who’s on a quest to help the Mad Hatter.
  • Helena Bonham Carter returns as the Red Queen—Iracebeth.
  • Rhys Ifans fills the shoes of Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father.
  • Matt Lucas returns to the revelry in a dual role as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
  • Ed Speleers portrays James Harcourt in the film.
  • And Sacha Baron Cohen was tapped to bring Time to the big screen.

Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass also boasts an extraordinary voice cast:

  • Stephen Fry is back as the voice of the Cheshire Cat.
  • Toby Jones provides the voice of Wilkins.
  • Alan Rickman returns as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar.
  • Michael Sheen once again serves as the voice of the White Rabbit.
  • Timothy Spall returns to voice Bayard.
  • BAFTA-winning actor, writer and comedian Paul Whitehouse is back as the March Hare.
  • Barbara Windsor provides the voice of Dormouse again.

The film welcomes back several key members of the Alice In Wonderland team, including award-winning composer Danny Elfman, three-time Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood—who won Oscar, BAFTA and Satellite awards, among others, for her work on Alice In Wonderland—and five-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Ken Ralston, who was recognized with a Satellite Award for best visual effects for Alice In Wonderland.

Bobin’s award-winning production team also includes Oscar-winning production designer Dan Hennah and Stuart Dryburgh as director of photography. The film welcomes Oscar-winning make-up and hair designer Peter King, and Oscar winner Neil Corbould is special effects supervisor. Andrew Weisblum is editor.