During her Toronto International Film Festival to promote her upcoming film The Imitation Game, Keira was asked if she would become part of the fifth installment of The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise set for release on 2017.
Her reply? “[T]he ship has sailed” for her to join Pirates 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Keira made a name for herself in Hollywood as Elizabeth Swann in Disney’s The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003. The commercially successful film launched the swashbuckling The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in which Keira gets to reprise her role in 2006’s Dead Man’s Chest and 2007’s At Worlds End.
While all films under the franchise, including 2011’s On Stranger Tides in which Keira was not part of have been financially successful, the quality of each film have degraded with every installment. According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, only the first film was certified “Fresh” with a 79% rating. The next two, Dead Man’s Chest and At Worlds End, only received a 54% and 45% rating, respectively. The latest film in the franchise is considered the worst with only a 33% approval rating.
Criticism over the latest installment for its tired script, excessiveness, and unoriginality is probably what propelled Keira to turn down the lucrative offer. David Edelstein of New York Magazine/Vulture summed it up best with this quip from her review: “I’ve never seen a film in which what was actually onscreen seemed so irrelevant.”
Now that rumors of Keira going back to the Pirates fold has been put to rest, she can now focus on the projects ahead of her, in particular The Imitation Game. This historical thriller film casta Keira alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Matthew Goode (Watchmen). Cumberbatch plays cryptographer Alan Turing who was responsible for deciphering the Enigma codes during WWII, which were pivotal in helping the Allies win the war. Keira plays Joan Clarke, a part of the team of code-breakers led by Turing.