Is a Pirates of the Caribbean episode centered on women really relevant? We take stock!
We told you this weekend on melty, Margot Robbie will be the heroine of a female version of Pirates of the Caribbean! After Birds of Prey, Suicide Squad and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, the 29-year-old actress will soon be playing an episode of the famous Disney franchise. According to the THR website, the cast and the technical team of the film will be mainly female. It will not be a (soft) reboot, nor a sequel, but a completely independent part of the saga (even if we can already predict cameos of some of our favorite characters) . The Australian actress will play the lead role, that of an as yet unknown pirate, and she will be surrounded by new protagonists.
But is a 100% female Pirates of the Caribbean movie really a good idea? This Disney saga centered on the filibuster in Jamaica has been predominantly male since its origins, although there has always been at least one important female character per episode. During the original trilogy, it was Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), as well as Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris). In La Fontaine de Jouvence, we discovered Angelica Teach (Penélope Cruz) and Syrena (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), then Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), Barbossa’s daughter, in La Vengeance de Salazar. But apart from the first on the list, they had far less weight and strength within the narrative, if any, compared to their male counterparts.
It is therefore high time for the franchise to revalue its female characters, and attribute them a greater role within the intrigue. It is not enough to have a pretty pirate who shows her little face, it still has to have a real use in history! And it is this aspect that sinned in the previous parts of the saga. However, it is not necessary to make a casting film composed exclusively of women. The result would be just as unbalanced as the episodes whose cast is 99% made up of men! In terms of richness and narrative construction, diversity, diversity of social interactions between the characters, it would be better to offer a poster giving pride of place to both genres … And speaking of genres, if Harry’s characters Potter changed it, that’s how it would look!