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THEN AND NOW: The cast of the original ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie 15 years later

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Few people expected Disney’s ride-inspired movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” to be such a wild success back in 2003, let alone give rise to a billion-dollar film franchise. But with the rock star casting and help from Hans Zimmer’s iconic score, “Curse of the Black Pearl” became an instant modern classic.

Keep reading to see what the stars of Disney’s breakout movie are up to 15 years after the film’s premiere.

Orlando Bloom starred as Will Turner in this breakout role following his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy fame.

Prior to “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Bloom was only recognizable with his long blonde Legolas wig on.

Now Bloom is taking his acting chops to the stage for a theater production in London.
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Through mid-August of 2018, Bloom is starring as the lead character in the dark comedy “Killer Joe” in London’s Trafalgar Studios theater.

Bloom has also regularly reprised his role as Will Turner for the many “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequels, including 2017’s “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

You can also see Bloom in the Amazon original series “Carnival Row,” a new drama reported by Entertainment Weekly to be a “fantasy noir set in a neo-Victorian city,” coming in 2019.

Keira Knightley was just 18 years old when she starred in “Pirates of the Caribbean” alongside Bloom.

Knightley had previously caught fans’ attention in the beloved indie film “Bend It Like Beckham” and was also featured in “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” but her portrayal of Elizabeth Swann rocketed her into fame.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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