A new role has been announced and filled for the upcoming third sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The role is that of Syrena, a “beautiful and alluring young mermaid” (as the press release describes her. She will be played by French actress Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, who is popular overseas but relatively unknown in the United States.
Bergès-Frisbey has appeared in such French films as “La Fille du Puisatier,” “Bruc,” “Extase,” “La Premiere Etoile” and “Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique” (pictured above).
Bergès-Frisbey will join a cast that already includes the returning Johnny Depp and Geoffery Rush as well as Pirates newcomers Ian McShane (who will play the villain pirate Blackbeard) and Penelope Cruz (who will play Jack Sparrow’s love interest and Blackbeard’s daughter).
The film is scheduled to be released on May 20, 2011.
One word of family-friendly caution: If you decide to go searching for photos of Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, be aware that she has appeared nude in some of her previous films, so you may find more of her than you intended.