The controversial Russell Brand may be hitting the high seas in a blockbuster franchise. According to The Daily Mail, Brand is close to inking a deal to appear in Pirates of the Caribbean 4.
The site reveals that Brand is close to signing a deal to portray Jonathan Sparrow, brother of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. The deal is said to be upwards of 5 million pounds (almost $8 million US).
"There couldn't be a role more perfectly suited," said an unnamed source. "There's a lot of Jack Sparrow in his mannerisms and behaviour. Depp's accent isn't a million miles away from Russell's either."
Brand has recently been embroiled in controversy when he quit his popular BBC Radio show after a prank call where Brand and his co-host, Jonathan Ross, claimed Brand slept with German actor Andrew Sachs' granddaughter.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released May 20th, 2011 and stars Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Sam Claflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Stephen Graham. The film is directed by Rob Marshall.