Speculation Pirates of the Caribbean cast shooting two films at once on Gold Coast

That’s the question being asked by many of the crew members hired to work on the $250 million ­Pirates 5 production, which brings together one of the world’s biggest film franchises and one of the world’s biggest movie distribution companies.

While details of the storyline for the Jerry Bruckheimer/Walt Disney Pictures blockbuster have been kept under wraps, insiders say ­Pirates 5 will end in a cliffhanger that paves the way for a sixth and final instalment of the franchise.

“There’s talk they’re actually here to film scenes for the two movies back-to-back,” the insider said.

“It would make sense. One of the reasons this film has taken so long to get off the ground is that Johnny Depp is hard to pin down.

“It makes sense that they would film scenes with Johnny for Pirates 6 while they have him.”

The Gold Coast stands to reap the lion’s share of the $100 million bounty being spent in Queensland by the film’s producers.

Despite fears locals would be overlooked, 75 per cent of the 850-plus crew hired so far are Queenslanders.

A spokesman for Screen Queensland said yesterday more local workers would join the production during the next five months as filming hits top gear.

“This production is hiring the best screen professionals in Australia,” the spokesman said.

“Given that 75 per cent of the crew are Queenslanders is testament to the quality of our local industry.”

The spokesman said Screen Queensland was unable to comment on how many films thePirates producers were shooting “due to matters of commercial in-confidence”.

It’ll be all hands on deck on Monday with Pirates 5 under full sail as principal photography begins.

In a post on Twitter, The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chestand At World’s End ­fan favourite Martin Klebba, who reprises his role as Marty in the new film, confirmed preparations for Monday were in full swing.

Martin Klebba@MartinKlebba Feb. 12 Working on #POTC 5! wardrobe, make up and onto STUNTS! #piratesofcarribian #pirates

The film’s excited cast and crew are eager to get to work on the long-awaited fifth instalment of the billion-dollar franchise, which follows the story of infamous pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Depp.

Two Aussie actors will enjoy plenty of screentime in the new film — Son of a Gun andHome & Away standout Brenton Thwaites joins the franchise as swashbuckling new male lead Henry, while Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush reprises his villainous but popular character Captain Hector Barbossa.

The white-headed capuchin monkey that plays Barbossa’s sidekick Jack is yet to clear quarantine.

Screen Queensland has confirmed the production, based at Village Roadshow Studios Studios, will drop at least $100 million of its total $250 million budget in Queensland.

“The production will hire local crew, extras, cast and stunt performers and every effort has been made to ensure that Queenslanders are afforded opportunities to work on Pirates of the Caribbean,” said the spokesman.


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