Paul McCartney is officially in 'Pirates 5' and honestly just WHY?!

Yo ho yo ho, it’s apparently going to be a pirate’s life for McCartney! 

For some godforsaken reason, on Saturday the legendary Paul McCartney — yes, Sir Paul McCartney from The Beatles, that’s the guy — announced something truly bizarre on his social media platforms.

Paul McCartney will be starring in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Yeah, no — we have no idea why or how this is happening either. But it’s happening.

A 74-year-old McCartney posted a promo poster for the fifth Pirates film that shows him looking remarkably like his now co-star, Johnny Depp. McCartney’s pirate hair, beard, makeup, bandana, hat, rings, AHH this man is almost unrecognizable. What is going on?

#PiratesLife #PaulMcCartney ☠️

A post shared by Paul McCartney (@paulmccartney) on May 13, 2017 at 11:18am PDT

According to IMDB, the singer will be playing the ominous role of “Jail Guard 2,” which doesn’t tell us much. However, in March 2016, Deadline reported McCartney had joined the cast and was involved in  “an extra big set-piece scene,” filmed after production ended. 

Though this casting seems slightly out-of-the-blue, Rolling Stones guitarist, Keith Richards, appeared in the franchise’s third film, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, so this is apparently a thing classic rock stars do, I guess?

Richards played the role of Captain Teague, Jack Sparrow’s father, which must have been a joy for Depp, who based his character’s mannerisms after Richards.

Even so, we honestly just have so many questions — mainly:

  • Has Paul been dreaming on starring alongside Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow for YEARS and we just never knew?

  • How is there even a fifth installment  in the Pirates franchise anyways?

  • Is this cool? This is a man who recently collaborated with freaking Kanye West and Rihanna on “FourFiveSeconds,” so it must be, right?

  • Why, Paul? WHY are you doing this? Tell. Us.

The film is set to come out on May 26, so it’s not long before we get our answers.


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