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“There have certainly been some discussions about it and I’m open to it,” he said of his possible return.His wording makes it unclear whether he’s entered formal negotiations to join Pirates of the Caribbean 5, or whether he’s simply taken a meeting to explore the idea. What is obvious is that he had some great experiences on previous installments of the series. He remembered, "That whole experience working with Johnny (Depp) and (director) Gore (Verbinski) was really amazing for me. I had a great time working with Johnny, one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity (to be in the first Pirates) was because Johnny was involved. I was such a massive fan of Johnny Depp growing up so to get up close and personal to Johnny and see how he worked as an actor was just a massive gift." Aside from Depp and possibly Bloom, Keith Richards and Geoffrey Rush have also been rumored to return for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. But do not expect Keira Knightley to join them — in June, she told press that she “won’t be going back.” Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (2012's Kon-Tiki) are directing Pirates of the Caribbean 5, which is scheduled for release on July 7, 2017.