Disney has cast Kaya Scodelario as the female lead in the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
She most recently starred in “The Maze Runner” and the TV series “Skins.”
Other actresses that were testing for the role included “Miss Potter’s” Lucy Boynton, “Endless Love’s” Gabriella Wilde, Jenna Thiam, and “The Musketeers'” Alexandra Dowling.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer announced the casting of Scodelario via Twitter.
Pleased to announce that we cast Kaya Scodelario for the 5th Pirates of the Caribbean. Talented young actor from Skins & The Maze Runner.
— JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (@BRUCKHEIMERJB) January 24, 2015
Johnny Depp will return as Captain Jack Sparrow, with Javier Bardem playing the villain and Brenton Thwaites also set to co-star.
Pre-production on “Pirates” is already under way in Australia, where the big-budget sequel will be shot. The film will sail into theaters in July 2017.
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, who helmed “Kon Tiki,” will direct.