McShane in talks for Pirates 4
Ian McShane is in talks to play the villain in Pirates Of The Caribbean 4.
The Lovejoy star is negotiating a deal to play Blackbeard in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which will star Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Variety reports.
The film sees hero Sparrow setting sail on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth.
Penelope Cruz is also in talks to appear in the movie as Sparrow's "foil and equal".
Rob Marshall, who directed Penelope in Nine, is to helm the fourth Pirates flick from a script written by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot.
Pirates 1, 2 and 3 director Jerry Bruckheimer is producing.
Pirates 4 is due to be filmed in Hawaii this summer and Disney is planning a release for May 20, 2011.
Orlando Bloom, Mackenzie Crook and Naomie Harris have already revealed they will not return for the fourth instalment. It is not known if Keira Knightley will star in the film.