The biggest portion of this announcement isn’t how it connects with the previous Pirates of the Caribbean films, but how it does not. As of this moment, the plan is to separate these two new films each . Meaning that neither the film nor the stories will relate to one another — or even to the films. These aren’t sequels, nor are they spin-offs. In essence, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise might well end up divided in half — such as binary fission, except with pictures rather than genes.
As for Robbie, her record of high-profile performances is starting to get too long to easily rattle off titles, but it’s safe to say that any woman who is played Harley Quinn, Tonya Harding, and Queen Elizabeth is probably going to be pretty comfortable playing a pirate.
For now, the only thing we know for sure is that the Hodson/Robbie film will, like all previous Pirates movies before it, be affected by the famed Disney ride of the same name. Most of those films are also led by girls, so don’t be surprised if this new Pirates film sets course in a similar way.