(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

Sony Pictures Animation has debuted a brand-new poster for theirs and Aardman Animations’ upcoming family 3D adventure The Pirates! Band of Misfits earlier this month, and I’m looking more and more forward to some pirate fun with the film’s promotion ready for its release on 28th March.

The Pirates!, based on the novels by Gideon Defoe, stars Hugh Grant as the bearded Pirate Captain who, with his rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), is on an adventure to beat his rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) in the Pirate of the Year Award. Along the way the pirate crew face battle Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but their quest is never forgotten.

Directed by Peter Lord with co-director Jeff Newitt, this film actually looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m genuinely quite looking forward to it. Who says adults can’t enjoy plasticine pirates too.

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