IT’S bye Johnny and hello Orlando Bloom as a new Hollywood heavyweight steps into the spotlight on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on the Gold Coast.
Pirates 5 directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are preparing to film a huge set piece at the massive outdoor water tank at Village Roadshow Studios later this week.
The scene, expected to be filmed at night, will see The Flying Dutchman — a ghost ship that made its first appearance in Dead Man’s Chest under the command of the fictional captain Davy Jones — rear up and rise from the sea.
A legendary vessel that can never make port, The Flying Dutchman is doomed to sail the oceans forever. It was last captained by Bloom’s character, Will Turner, at the end of the last Pirates film, At World’s End.
Instagram user @jazzyferris spotted Bloom picking up son Flynn at Brisbane International Airport yesterday, saying the pair went relatively unnoticed but Orlando showered the boy in kisses and cuddles.
“He was THE cutest ever kissing and cuddling him, telling him how much he missed him,” she wrote.
Images posted on Facebook last week show orders for wetsuits from Mermaid Beach business Rubber Jungle Wetsuits for both Bloom and castmate Geoffrey Rush.
The order for Bloom is tagged: “Just another name. All the Hollywood A list here. Keeping the talent warm.”
Fishermen and divers at the Gold Coast Seaway yesterday afternoon could have been forgiven for thinking they’d just seen The Black Pearl return from a day’s filming on the high seas.
However the ghostly looking single-mast ship, which returned to port about 1.30pm was no match for Captain Jack Sparrow’s infamous 32-cannon, 165ft East Indiaman galleon.
Instead, it was the former Bundaberg-berthed replica of a 1897 Scottish trawler once known as The Rainbow Gypsy, now sailing the seas in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales as The Dying Gull.
Nicknamed “The Bondi Cigar” by Pirates 5 crew, The Dying Gull is the sinking ship from which Johnny Depp’s character Captain Jack Sparrow emerged at the start of the first movie in the series, The Curse of the Black Pearl.
The Rainbow Gypsy’s transformation into the ghostly hulk is testament to the skills of local construction crews, whose craftsmanship has been roundly praised by all involved on the massive Pirates 5 shoot.
Workers have built intricately detailed pirate ships on giant gimbal at two large outdoor studios at Helensvale, painstakingly replicating vessels featured in the four previous Pirates films and creating new, never-before-seen ships to join the fray in Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Other scenes have been filmed on ships’ decks recreated indoors at Village Roadshow Studios.
Up to 12 different ships will be used in the latest instalment of the franchise.
The Dying Gull is expected to feature in scenes to be filmed at a new outdoor set at Doug Jennings Park.
Written by SUZANNE SIMONOT