Javier Bardem will be playing the undead Captain Salazar in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but as it turns out, the movie was originally supposed to feature a female villain. Lead actor Johnny Depp, however, wasn't too keen on the idea.
Co-writer Terry Rossio (via Cinema Blend) has admitted:
"My version of Dead Men Tell No Tales was set aside because it featured a female villain, and Johnny Depp was worried that would be redundant to Dark Shadows, which also featured a female villain."
Looking closely at the Pirates franchise, you can notice that women can a tad underrepresented, seeing that each film usually has just one or two women who are main characters. Rossio was on the right track to try and have a woman be a villain this time around, but apparently, Depp holds more decision-making power in the movie than he does.
Rossio had also admitted that this is usually the case when it comes to this particular script. He does admit that it might have been dropped because it "simply sucked," but sometimes it just takes one person (in this case, Depp) to wish away all that work just on a whim. Seriously, I doubt enough people even watched Dark Shadows to compare it to a female villain in PotC.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle. Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes out May 26.