First look: Paul McCartney in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales video

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Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'.

When it comes to rock star cameos, Pirates of the Caribbean has more clout than Wayne's World.

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has taken to social media to reveal a first look at his role in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The pic sees McCartney sporting dreadlocks, a Lemmy-esque handlebar and requisite eye shadow, as defined by Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, and clutching a deck of playing cards.

Paul McCartney is starring in the new Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.
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Paul McCartney is starring in the new Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.

"#PiratesLife," the musician wrote on Twitter.

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Paul McCartney is working on a new album with Adele's Grammy-winning producer Greg Kurstin.
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McCartney's role in the film was revealed last March, with Deadline reporting he'd feature in an "extra big set-piece scene". Like any ordinary movie extra, he's got a rather vague character name: "Jail Guard #2". (Who's #1, Ringo?)

He'll star opposite Depp and returning favourites Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, and Javier Bardem who plays the film's villain Captain Salazar.

With a budget of US$320 million (NZ$464 million), the film is the most expensive release of the year so far. (No word on what cut of that went to McCartney.)

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McCartney, who recently announced he's working on a new album with Adele's Grammy-winning producer Greg Kurstin, isn't the first member of rock royalty to feature in Disney's hit franchise.

Rolling Stone Keith Richards, who was the inspiration for Depp's tipsy portrayal, returned the favour with a cameo as Sparrow's father in 2007's At World's End and 2011's On Stranger Tides.

The film opens in cinemas in New Zealand on May 25.

 - Stuff

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