Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is an upcoming 2011 American adventure fantasy film and the fourth instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
In the film, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is joined by Angelica (Penélope Cruz) in his search for the Fountain of Youth, confronting the infamous, real-life, legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). The plot draws inspiration from the novel On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers, which also inspired the LucasArts game The Secret of Monkey Island.
It is directed by Rob Marshall, written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
The movie is being distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and will be released in the United Kingdom on May 18, 2011, Australia on May 19, 2011, and the United States and Canada on May 20, 2011.
The release will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D and IMAX 3D, as well as in traditional two-dimensional and IMAX formats.
The film was first announced in 2008 and principal photography started in June 2010.
The release is the first in the series to be directed by Rob Marshall and not Gore Verbinski.
It is also the first movie in the series which features fictional versions of historical characters such as Blackbeard, George II of Great Britain, Henry Pelham, John Carteret and Ferdinand VI of Spain.
It will be the first Pirates of the Caribbean film to be released in 3D and Jerry Bruckheimer's second 3D film, following the 2009 movie G-Force. It is also the fifth Disney film to use Dolby surround sound.
While previous films in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise have been filmed in the Caribbean Sea, On Stranger Tides was filmed mainly in Hawaii.