Brenton Thwaites is in final negotiations to play a lead role in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
He’ll play Henry, a British soldier, in the Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney production that is is set to shoot in Queensland early next year.
There’s no word yet on who will play Carina, a young woman who may be Henry’s romantic interest.
According to wire reports Thwaites beat other contenders including The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort, In the Heart of the Sea’s Sam Keeley and Pride’s George Mackay.
Javier Bardem, Christoph Waltz, Geoffrey Rush and Jack Devonport reportedly are set to join Johnny Depp in the film scripted by Jeff Nathanson and directed by Kon Tiki's Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
Australian taxpayers' financial contribution to the production may be as high as $60 million, including a $21.6 million grant from the federal government, the 16.5% location offset and the Queensland government's grants and payroll tax concessions.
After his Hollywood breakthrough in Maleficent, Thwaites starred in Phillip Noyce’s ’The Giver and in Julius Avery’s Son of a Gun. He’s among the ensemble cast of Alex Proyas’ action adventure Gods Of Egypt, which is due for release next year.