Pirates of the Caribbean 5 to film in Queensland next year
BATTEN the hatches, because wayward pirate Jack Sparrow is headed to Queensland.
Cameras will roll on the fifth installment of Disney's successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, in February next year.
The Federal Government helped to secure the deal with a hefty $21.6 million contribution to the production.
"This film will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia and will focus the world's attention on Australia as a leading film destination," said Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts George Brandis.
State Premier Campbell Newman said the film will create thousands of jobs for Queenslanders and attract millions of dollars to the state.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer said the Sunshine State offered the diversity of backdrops needed for Pirates 5.
Locations will include areas north of Mackay, Port Douglas in Far North Queensland and the Village Roadshow Studios at Movie World on the Gold Coast.
"We had a wonderful experience filming in Queensland some years back and look forward to returning," Bruckheimer said.
"With its oceans, beaches, and jungles, Queensland has an incredible array of natural environments which are perfect for our new Pirates of the Caribbean."
Star Johnny Depp has already been confirmed to return as Captain Jack Sparrow in the film.
Orlando Bloom and Queensland-born Geoffrey Rush are rumoured to reprise their Pirates roles according to film website IMDB.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released in July 2017.