Captain Jack Sparrow to visit the Whitsundays next week

THE film crew is moving in and local service providers are mustering - the Pirates of the Caribbean's fifth instalment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is set to film in the Whitsundays next week.

While everyone involved in the Disney blockbuster is remaining tight-lipped, the Whitsunday Times understands hotel rooms on Hamilton Island began filling up last week and locals with marine transport and skipper's tickets are in hot demand.

Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp, who plays the film's loveable lead "Cap'n Jack Sparrow", was seen holidaying in the Whitsundays in May and rumours the film would be coming here have been running rife since then.

Filming for the latest instalment of the Pirates series - also starring Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario and Orlando Bloom - has taken place predominantly in studios on the Gold Coast until now.

While on set down south, Depp is said to have been staying with close friend and Grand Prix motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan.

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Somewhat coincidentally, Doohan was seen getting out of a helicopter at Port of Airlie last week.

While Whitehaven is rumoured to be the location of choice, Whitsunday Regional Council chief executive officer Scott Waters said a Temporary Local Planning Instrument for filming at Funnel Bay, where Angelina Jolie's directorial debut Unbroken was filmed, was still available.

"And it's a very busy time with the school holidays, so crew and cast will be dispersed throughout the region," he said.

The film's unit publicist Michael Singer said the Whitsundays was the perfect location to finish the fifth entry in this now-legendary series.

"The company is very excited by the prospect of filming in a part of the country, which is legendary for its beauty," he said.



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