The latest installment in the popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" series premiered at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on Saturday night with a message of support for Japan.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the fourth in the series, is directed by Rob Marshall and stars Johnny Depp, 47, as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush, 59, as Captain Barbossa. This time out, the pair embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard, played by Ian McShane, 68, and his daughter Angelica, played by Penelope Cruz, 37, are after it, too.
The world premiere took place at a temporary outdoor amphitheater, on a massive screen which sat on an island in the middle of the Disneyland Rivers of America attraction. It was the world's first outdoor 3D premiere.
Around 22,000 people gathered to meet the stars. Former Japanese soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata, 34, and comedian Takaaki Ishibashi, 49, were in attendance and gave the movie rave reviews. "The movie's impact is immense," said Ishibashi.
A banner expressing support for Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit the country on March 11 was hung prominently at the star-studded event. Ishibashi and Cruz both wrote messages on the banner to express their condolences and support for affected areas. The banner will travel with the movie as it makes its way around the world before being delivered to the Japanese premiere, which is scheduled to take place in Tokyo on May 17.
Depp, who is unable to attend the Japanese premiere, said, "To all my fans in Japan. I'm so sorry I can't be there this time. I promise to come back as soon as possible."
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is set for simultaneous worldwide release on May 20.© Compiled from news reports