Walt Disney Pictures is about to get their new Blackbeard the Pirate; Ian McShane is in negotiations to star as the infamous pirate force in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in their juggernaut franchise.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will pick up from where Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End teased us at the end: with the pursuit of the mysterious and elusive Fountain of Youth. It will also be based loosely on the Tim Powers novel, On Stranger Tides, which happened to be a very similar story to the one the wanted to tell, so the rights to the novel were acquired.
McShane is perhaps best known for his work on the gritty HBO old west drama, Deadwood. He has starred in movies like Deathrace and the short-lived TV show Kings, and has also lent his voice to animated films like Shrek the Third, Coraline, and Kung Fu Panda.
The movie is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Terry Rosio and Ted Elliot. It is currently slated for a May 20, 2011 release date.