Ayo Edibiri Rumored To Lead New ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Film

Take this with a grain of salt because it comes from one of those alleged “scoopers”, Daniel Richtman, but this is a rumor worth keeping an eye on. The report goes that The Bear and Bottoms star Ayo Edibiri is up to lead one of Disney’s two Pirates of the Caribbean films in the works. The other with Margot Robbie attached isn’t as far along but has a script by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.

Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin and franchise writer Ted Elliot are working together on the other Pirates of the Caribbean film that would star Edibiri. Neither film would have any connection to the original movies led by Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, although there’s a chance one could crack open the door to his return.

For a time, Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy) was reportedly eyed to lead the film when it was to focus on Redd, a character from the Disneyland theme park attraction. If those plans were ever real (they also came from a Disney scooper), they have changed to put focus on “a younger cast of pirates looking for a hidden treasure.”

Edibiri was recently attached to Marvel’s Thunderbolts but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. She was replaced by Geraldine Viswanathan.

Disney has not set a date for either Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but with Bob Iger clearly wanting more sequels and franchises, expect that to change.

Travis Hopson
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