Skins actress Kaya Scodelario to play astronomer in Pirates of the Caribbean 5

Move over, Keira Knightley


We knew that Skins’ Kaya Scodelario was set to star opposite Johnny Depp in swashbuckling sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – but we’ve finally found out a little bit more about her character Carina Smyth, and why she takes to the high seas. Plot details ahoy!


“I play an astronomer,” Scodelario told “She’s on this journey, she’s a very feisty young woman.”

“So that was a six-month long job, really kind of big, massive, Disney, insane… and just cool!”

Perhaps Carina’s astronomy comes in handy for navigating Jack and co to a new objective – or maybe Johnny Depp’s just really getting into his stargazing. Either way, Scodelario insists that Carina’s not just a carbon copy of Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann, who was the female lead in the first three Pirates films. She probably has a lot more telescopes, for one thing.

“She’s a totally different character,” Scodelario said. “But yeah, it’s really weird – the first one came out when I was 10 or something, so I remember looking up to Keira and thinking wow, it’s so cool. It’s a part of our childhood, like the Harry Potter movies.”

She added: “I’m kind of an intense actor, and I just destroy myself when I do a job. With this one, it was just like, let’s go and mess around. And I loved that, I learned so much from it. But it doesn’t come out until 2017. So a while still.”

In the meantime, Scodelario has the post-apocalyptic Maze Runner trilogy, with second film The Scorch Trials in cinemas today with an expanded storyline for her character Teresa.

“I like it a lot more than the first one. I think it’s so much bigger, it’s an adventure story,” she said.

“The reason I signed up for these movies is because I knew my character was gonna have this arc in the second one. That’s what I’ve been working towards since the first audition. That’s what I wanted to be part of this for.”


The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is in cinemas now