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Skyfall

Yesterday, we were treated to the fantastic news that Sam Mendes will be returning to direct the tentatively titled "Bond 24," which is due in theaters on November 6, 2015, and it got us thinking.

Who would we cast in the next Bond movie if we had to pick today?

There are only so many roles that a 007 movie has to fill out for every installment, so for fun, we cobbled together a quick cast as we start to look forward to Fall 2015. Check it out below!

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Penelope Cruz

Last week, all of the talk about the 24th James Bond adventure focused squarely on the director's chair. Earlier talk had Sam Mendes saying that he would not return to follow up "Skyfall" with another 007 film, but now the discussion seems to be about how many Bond movies he'll direct as his next efforts. Whether Mendes ends up directing "Bond 25," the next film in the series looks like it belongs to the Academy Award winner, and now rumors are swirling about the next step in making any 007 movie: finding a Bond girl.

If Yahoo! Movies UK is to be believed, that role belongs to Penelope Cruz, the wife of the "Skyfall" villain, Javier Bardem. Yahoo! cites a "source close to the production" that claims producers have been chasing after Cruz for some time.

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With so much of the Ridley Scott talk squarely focused on his current movie "Prometheus," it has been easy to forget that next up for the director is a remarkably star-studded film written by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and first time screenwriter Cormac McCarthy called "The Counselor."

We reported back in April that Cruz was circling the project, which would have her co-star alongside her real-life husband, Javier Bardem. Now Deadline has an exclusive on the confirmation.

Current Hollywood fascination Michael Fassbender was the first actor to sign on to his "Prometheus" director's follow-up. He will play the title role of Counselor, a lawyer who attempts to cash-in on a quick, large-scale drug deal, but finds out the hard way (the very hard way) that "one and done" isn't something that happens in the world of narcotics.

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Penelope Cruz Counselor

The latest in what has been a series of A-listing castings, Penelope Cruz is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" as the romantic lead, Laura, opposite Michael Fassbender.

Cruz's husband, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt became the second and third actors to join after the initial casting of Fassbender as the lead. This would be the first time the husband and wife have worked together since Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

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Captain Jack Sparrow isn't one for romance. After all, the man has bigger things on the mind, like chasing down cursed treasure chests and winning back his precious Black Pearl — or, in the case of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," finding his way to the Fountain of Youth.

That doesn't mean he can't stop for a little squeeze on the side, of course, perhaps one that even gives him some deeply troubling "stirrings" in the depths of his heart. Indeed, Sparrow's fiercest foe in this latest adventure is not the dreaded Blackbeard or the familiar Barbossa, but the seductive Angelica, the woman in his past who got away… or, to hear her tell it, he pushed away.

The chemistry between Sparrow and Angelica boils to a bubble from their very first scene together, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer credits that electric dynamic to the real-life friendship between Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.

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Though "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" has a new leading lady for Captain Jack Sparrow, don't expect too much romance to be blossoming between him and his new gal pal.


Johnny Depp, who plays the beloved Jack Sparrow -- sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow -- said that any sort of love story for the pirate would "mess up the myth," which means that the chances of things getting too hot and heavy between him and Penelope Cruz on the big screen are sadly slim.

"I think if we did a scenario where it was Captain Jack really falling in love, it would most likely be a silent film. I think he would go completely catatonic and be unable to speak," Depp told MTV News. "He would probably sit there and quiver for an hour and a half."

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Spring is in the air, and you know what that means: it's time to go back to the "Caribbean."

Yahoo premiered the latest trailer for "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and it's the best look yet at the upcoming film. The Rob Marshall-directed installment of the "Pirates" saga looks as close to the spirit of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" that we've seen since it hit theaters, winning us over instantly with its charming manipulation of our favorite pirate tales.

After the jump we break down what's new in the trailer, what we loved and why we can't wait until May 20.

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Shiver ye timbers! Ahoy matey! Parlay! And all that other pirate talk... we've just received a sneak peek of the "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" TV spot that Disney plans to roll-out during the Super Bowl this weekend. Here it be:

In the very brief (10 second) clip, we see a bunch of quick cuts showing Johnny Depp (as Captain Jack Sparrow), in action. There are swords, explosions, guyliner, etc. A stately-sounding woman voices over the spot: "You could guide an expedition," she says. "You are Jack Sparrow," followed by more swashbuckling and gun powder, and a shot at the end of Sparrow grinning at someone off camera, "There should be a 'Captain' in there somewhere...," he says, presumably to the woman doing the voice over, who addressed him as just "Jack Sparrow," minus the "Captain" part.

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Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesWe're still about four months away from "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" sailing into theaters, but that hasn't stopped Disney from setting the wheels in motion for a fifth installment in the swashbuckling franchise.

Earlier this week, Johnny Depp told Entertainment Weekly that he's already had discussions about returning to the role of rum-loving, adventure-seeking Captain Jack Sparrow for a fifth go-around. "As long as we can put all the puzzle pieces together, I would most definitely consider it," he told the magazine.

Well, today Disney started trying to put the puzzle pieces together. According to Deadline, the studio has hired scribe Terry Rossio to write the script for "Pirates of the Caribbean 5."

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Break out the rum (only if you're of age, of course): The first trailer for "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" has dropped anchor on the Internet courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, and it will not disappoint fans of the series.

This may be Johnny Depp's fourth time wearing Captain Jack Sparrow's tattered pirate rags and half-drunken smirk, but if the actor is growing weary of the role it certainly doesn't show. In "Pirates 4," Captain Jack has eternal life on the brain, so he spearheads an expedition to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. As he explains in the trailer, there will be three dangers along the way: mermaids, zombies and Blackbeard. The mermaids, you see, enchant sailors with their beautiful visages and that whole "we're naked from the waist up" thing -- but as a couple of unlucky gents find in the trailer, kissing a mermaid can land you a one-way trip to Davy Jones' locker. The danger of zombies is pretty self-explanatory. And Blackbeard, well, he's plain eeeevil -- and, just to drive home that point, he's played by always formidable baddie Ian McShane. Read More...

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