Pi­rates of the Whit­sun­days

The quest to find Jack Spar­row

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Have you been seen Johny depp and his band of plun­der­ing scoundrels? The Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ter is ru­moured to be tak­ing in the re­gion's trea­sures.

WHERE’S Johnny?

That’s the ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s lips as ru­mours of the Hol­ly­wood star’s visit to the Whit­sun­days spread.

Johnny Depp has been seen on Hamil­ton Is­land and is be­lieved to have been in the Whit­sun­days for the past two week­ends.

Those in the know say he took a boat to White­haven Beach and liked the place so much he brought his mum and dad to stay.

Whether Cap­tain Jack Spar­row is do­ing some re­search ahead of po­ten­tial film­ing or sim­ply soak­ing up the Whit­sun­day sun is not yet known.

The re­gion has been on “pirate alert” since the an­nounce­ment was made last year that the fifth movie in Walt Dis­ney Stu­dio’s Pi­rates of the Caribbean se­ries would be shot in Queens­land.

At the time, Queens­land Arts Min­is­ter Ian Walker said the movie, star­ring Depp, would be filmed in stu­dios on the Gold Coast, with lo­ca­tions at Port Dou­glas and “north of Mackay”.

In 2013 a Tem­po­rary Lo­cal Plan­ning In­stru­ment cov­er­ing film­ing at Air­lie’s Fun­nel Bay was ne­go­ti­ated with Dis­ney for a re-make of 20,000 Leagues Un­der the Sea, star­ring Brad Pitt.

While this was never made, the site hosted Pitt’s equally fa­mous wife. An­gelina Jolie shot scenes for her di­rec­to­rial de­but Un­bro­ken there and at Ear­lando last year.

Also last year, Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and Devel­op­ment Limited ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Jeff Aquilina con­firmed Walt Dis­ney lo­ca­tion scouts were on the look­out in the Whit­sun- days.

While he kept tight-lipped due to “some con­fi­den­tial­ity ar­range­ments in place”, he did say White­haven Beach, Hill In­let and Tongue Bay all “screamed Pi­rates of the Caribbean”.

The Whit­sun­days could well be see­ing a lot more of Johnny Depp yet.

PIRATE WATCH: Hol­ly­wood star Johnny Depp has been seen on Hamil­ton Is­land re­cently.

Photo: Peter Moun­tain/Dis­ney En­ter­prises

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