‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director Rejected Heath Ledger From Lead Role Due To ‘Lord of the Rings’

The director of this Pirates of the Caribbean movie chose another actor for a main role that was reserved for Heath Ledger.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director Rejected Heath Ledger From Lead Role Due To ‘Lord of the Rings’

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  • For the role of Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, actors Orlando Bloom and Heath Ledger were shortlisted.
  • The director of the movie hired Orlando Bloom after he realized that the actor appeared in Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Of course, both Orlando Bloom and Heath Ledger went on to establish themselves as successful stars late in their careers.
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The first film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl played a key role in laying down the foundation of the franchise and popularising the series among the fans. The film was a massive success and the movie’s main cast was one of the main reasons behind it.

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Johnny Depp from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Johnny Depp in a still from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Actor Orlando Bloom starred as Will Turner alongside Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Keira Knightley. However, it seems as if Bloom wasn’t the first choice. Legendary star Heath Ledger was also shortlisted for the role but Bloom was able to snatch it because the director of the movie, Gore Verbinski, liked his work in the Lord of the Rings franchise.

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Heath Ledger was supposed to play Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean franchise

As per IMDb, actor Heath Ledger was shortlisted for the role of Will Turner in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It was reportedly down to Orlando Bloom and Heath Ledger, but when the director of the movie, Gore Verbinski, found out that Bloom appeared in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he decided to hire Bloom. Verbinski was sure Bloom would be the more profitable option.

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Bloom played the role of Legolas in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). With his work in the trilogy, Bloom found fame at an early stage of his career.

Also read: “I needed four nurses to help me move”: Orlando Bloom Surviving From a Broken Back After Falling From a 3rd Floor Window Is Nothing Less Than a Miracle

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Was Heath Ledger a better option?

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Heath Ledger in I’m Not There (2007)

It’s not like Ledger wasn’t a well-known name in the industry in the early 2000s. The actor made his feature film debut in the Australian film Blackrock (1997) and quickly became popular with his work as Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). Certainly, Bloom’s work in the Lord of the Rings franchise helped him stand out, but Ledger wasn’t any less. Later in his career, Ledger received many nominations and prestigious awards.

Also read: “He was so proud of what he had done in Batman”: Heath Ledger Wanted to Return as Joker in The Dark Knight Rises Before Christopher Nolan Cast Tom Hardy’s Bane

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His most iconic movie, The Dark Knight was released nearly six months after his death. For his work in the film, Ledger posthumously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

As for Bloom, he went on to play Will Turner in three more Pirates of the Caribbean movies, becoming a fan-favorite character. Thanks to his talent and dedication, Bloom proved that he was indeed the profitable option.

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With over 2 years of experience in content writing, Farhan Asif is a seasoned writer at FandomWire where he specializes in bringing the latest news and insights from the world of entertainment and gaming to readers around the world. With over 700 published articles for FandomWire, he has also written more than 750 articles for AnimatedTimes. Apart from this, he has a passion for coding and is pursuing a degree in computer science. During his free time, Farhan loves to play video games and hopes to create a video game of his own one day.