Bloom's character more piratical, Keith Richards rumoured for cameo

Orlando Bloom says that the Pirates of the Caribbean are alive and well in the West Indies, where shooting continues on the two sequels to the hit Disney movie.

Dead Man's Chest, the first of the two films, is due for release in 2006 with Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow and Bloom's Will Turner matching wits with supernatural warriors led by the legendary Davey Jones.

"Johnny's the pirate to end all pirates," says Bloom, who's currently on view in Kingdom Of Heaven. "Will is the straight man who moves the story forward as he did in the first movie."