Slowly but surely, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is coming together. While the film was initially delayed over script concerns, it’s now firmly back on track with production set to begin early next year in Australia under the direction of Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. We recently learned that Javier Bardem is in talks to play the film’s villain, a Ghost Pirate, and now word comes that casting is set to begin for a “dashing young lead” character. After Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley exited the franchise following the third installment At World’s End, Disney introduced two new young leads in On Stranger Tides as played by Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Astrid Berges-Frisbey (I Origins). Their story concluded in that film, but it’s no surprise that Disney is again looking to add some young blood to the upcoming fifth installment.
So which actors are being considered for the young male lead role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales? Find out after the jump.