VARIETY  reports that Geoffrey Rush is ready to play Capt. Hector Barbossa again in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES. He is one of the few returning thespians to the franchise. Johnny Depp is headlining with newcomers Stephen Graham, Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane.
Rob Marshall is directing. Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott have returned as the screenwriters.
Production begins in Hawai'i this month. Disney has set May 20, 2011 for the film's release.