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The Pirates of the Caribbean are getting ready to set sail in a whole new direction, with Australian actress Margot Robbie starring in a new version of one of Disney’s biggest film franchises.

Robbie, the star of Birds of Prey and I, Tonya, is to head a female-driven Pirates movie which is in the early stages of development. It marks the latest bid by Hollywood to re-imagine classic movies by casting women in the lead roles, including the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters starring Melissa McCarthy and 2018 comedy heist Ocean’s 8 that starred Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

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No plot details were revealed but the story is being written by Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson and produced by longtime Pirates filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer.

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The movie was a separate project from the already announced reboot of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Based on a ride at Disney’s theme parks, the five Pirates of the Caribbean movies, starring Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, have taken some 4.5 billion dollars at the global box office since 2003.

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