The internet has been flooded for a week with stories of Penelope Cruz being in talks with Disney to star as Jack Sparrow’s, er, nemesis? Colleague? Bosom Buddy? I’m really not sure (and for all we know, the writers aren’t sure yet either – that makes me nervous.) Anyways, I haven’t bothered sharing the news, because if PotC2 and 3 taught us anything, it’s that rumors will go back and forth and back again, and trying to keep up with them is just pointless.
So is this story just a rumor? Almost certainly. But it’s also the first story I’ve come across to claim that Cruz is out of talks, and has reached a decision. Personally, I have trouble picturing Penelope Cruz as a suitable counter to Jack Sparrow – she always seemed so scrawny. But I also had trouble picturing Johnny Depp as a memorable pirate, and we all know how that one turned out (no sarcasm implied – Jack Sparrow is a brilliant character.)
Wait and see, mates. Wait and see. The second and third films had their faults, no doubt. But between Davy Jones, Bootstrap Bill, Tia Dalma, Captain Teague, and even the underutilized Pirate Lords, the folks at Disney have at least showed a sustained ability to make colorful, memorable characters. I’ve my concerns about the story, but I think it’s a safe bet that if Cruz is actually onboard with On Stranger Tides, then she’s about to be transformed into a dashing she-pirate by which all others will soon be judged.