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Penélope Cruz to costar in next 'Pirates of the Caribbean'

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Image Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Andrew EcclesPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will start shooting in June. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has confirmed that Penélope Cruz has been added to the cast as the “feisty” daughter of new villain Blackbeard (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane), the nastiest pirate that ever lived. He also tells MTV News (watch) that there’ll be a little romance between Cruz’s character and Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the Fountain of Youth. Geoffrey Rush will return as Barbossa. What do you think?

I like the Depp-Cruz pairing. The Blow costars should have chemistry, and I’m already envisioning a scene in which a drunk Jack has difficulty understanding her English. Plus, lord knows Cruz will look great in a corset. Between her and McShane (pity this will have to be PG-13), I’m no longer mourning the loss of Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). You?