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Thames side set for filming of next Pirates blockbuster

PUBLISHED: 10:41 24 September 2010

Johnny Depp attends the Tokyo Premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest on July 10, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan.

Johnny Depp attends the Tokyo Premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest on July 10, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Construction work has begun on the set of the next instalment of Hollywood blockbuster the Pirates Of The Caribbean.

A team of builders are putting the finishing touches to the set at the Old Royal Naval College in Cutty Sark Gardens, ahead of the arrival of stars Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz after filming in California.

Bosses at the Greenwich Foundation, which runs the site, remain tight-lipped on the date shooting begins.

This is just the latest in a long line of films to be shot at the riverside landmark which includes The Duchess, Gulliver’s Travels, The Golden Compass and The Wolfman.

Last week, the Pirates crew were filming in Buckinghamshire’s Pinewood Studios. On Stranger Tides is the fourth instalment in the successful franchise and stars Ian McShane as the evil Blackbeard.

The film follows Depp and Captain Barbosa, played by Geoffrey Rush, as they embark on a quest to find the elusive Fountain of Youth, only to discover Angelic, Cruz’s character and her dad Blackbeard are after the same thing.

The fourth movie is directed by Rob Marshall, the man behind the Oscar-winning film adaptation of Chicago, which saw Catherine Zeta Jones land the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

The 2006 film Dead Man’s Chest is the third highest-grossing movie of all time, taking a whopping £689,166,347.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is due to open in cinemas on May 20 next year.

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