After reading actors last week for the highly coveted role, Disney and Johnny Depp look to have found Jack Sparrow’s new mate.
Javier Bardem is also talks to play the villain with Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, who got their sea legs with “Kon Tiki,” directing. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing.
Pre-production on “Pirates” is already under way in Australia, where the big-budget sequel will be shot. The film will bow in July 2017.
Thwaites was last seen next in “The Giver,” and previously starred in Disney’s “Maleficent” as Prince Phillip. He is repped by WME and manager Dan Spilo.
TheWrap first reported the news.