Pirates of the Caribbean News

For fans waiting for more details these past four years about Pirates of the Caribbean 5, the wait is over!

The cast and crew for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales have begun filming this week in Australia.

Captain Jack Sparrow will once again face ghosts and other supernatural elements in the film while he looks for the legendary Trident of Poseidon which can give him mastery over the oceans. The ghost pirates are attempting to kill all living pirates — especially Sparrow. Fans like Haidar Barbouti have learned that returning characters include Barbossa, Gibbs and Scrum. There is a chance that many other well-loved characters will also return.

The less than pleasant news about the production?

Several environmental and animal rights groups have petitioned the Australian government to block the transport of two capuchin monkeys chosen to play Barbossa’s pet “Jack” citing that transportation and acting cause the animals undue physical and psychological stress. They’re requesting that Disney use add virtual versions of the monkeys to the film post-production.

Critics have pointed out that the male and female are not wild and have never experienced the complex social groups that are normal for the breed. They argue that the animals were raised for this purpose and that the monkeys might experience more stress if not allowed to perform regularly as trained to do.

The Australian government has yet to make a decision.