Pirates bring 20,000 bed-nights, $100m to Port Douglas

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Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Call for cast and crew auditions for Black Pearl: Pirates of the Caribbean 5 movie set to have scenes filmed in Port Douglas

AHOY! Budding buccaneers, grab your cutlass and scabbard, the call is out for cast and crew to sign up to the Black Pearl.

With Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean 5 destined for our shores, Disney officials confirmed auditions would be open to local actors and extras keen to get on-board the action-adventure fantasy.

Dead Men Tell No Tales is set to be shot on location in Port Douglas, north of Mackay and the Gold Coast with filming to start in February.

Disney yesterday announced they will hold castings and auditions for actors of all ages to take part in the fifth instalment of $3.72 billion grossing franchise.

Brigands, lusty wenches, cabin boys, mermaids, undead pirates, princesses and a motley crew of scurvy-ridden shipmates are roles on offer.

Three-time Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp will be back in his role as the legendary Pirate of the Seven Seas, Captain Jack Sparrow.

Entire film sets of fantasy ports, towns and treasure coves will also be built from scratch and will need builders, carpenters, and tradesmen in a $100 million movie boon for Queensland.

“In terms of opportunities, the production will create many jobs tapping into Australia’s robust entertainment industry,’’ said Disney executive Alannah Hall-Smith.

“And many accomplished local craftsmen will provide a fantastic home base for our production.’’

The plot for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is tightly under wraps.

But it is understood the supernatural elements will remain with part of the movie set in a fictional historical New Orleans.

Arts Minister Ian Walker suggested the skull and crossbones flag would fly high over the Sunshine State.

“For example, we’re already expecting 20,000 bed-nights to be needed to accommodate the cast and crew when they go to North Queensland, and that’ll be in the tourism industry’s off-season,” he said.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said it was a coup for the former fishing village-turned-tourist town after hosting Hollywood productions The Thin Red Line, Fool’s Gold and The Pacific.

“Movie stars love it because our locals are very laid-back and just treat them like a normal person,’’ she said.

“Local businesses have proven they can support large productions with everything from catering to extras to transport and accommodation.’’

She said other unnamed productions were also in the pipeline with support of Screen Queensland.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, whose other best-known films include Top Gun, Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor, is one of Hollywood’s most successful movie makers whose films have grossed more than $13 billion.

All suitably qualified and available crew are invited to apply for vacant crew positions on the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean production by emailing their CVs to the production office at the following email address: mukiriproductions@ gmail.com

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