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Keith Richards to appear in next ‘Pirates’

Rolling Stones guitarist to play Capt. Jack Sparrow's father in third film
/ Source: The Associated Press

Keith Richards is not the first person one would think of as a father figure — but Johnny Depp says that's all about to change.

The Rolling Stones guitarist is lined up to play the swashbuckling father of a pirate in the third installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, Depp said Tuesday.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer said Richards would have a cameo role as the father of the flamboyant Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Depp. The third "Pirates" movie is to resume filming next month in California.

Depp, 43, has said he adopted Richards' body language and mannerisms to create the Captain Jack character.

"We're all looking forward to the idea of Keith coming in," Depp told reporters at a news conference to promote "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which opens Thursday in Britain.

Co-star Orlando Bloom was similarly enthusiastic.

"I can't wait to see him — well, if he doesn't kill himself falling out of coconut trees," Bloom said. "Very rock and roll."

Richards, 62, suffered a head injury April 27 in Fiji. News reports variously claimed that he fell out of a palm tree or from a jet ski. Richards later had surgery in New Zealand to relieve pressure in his head.

In May, The Rolling Stones postponed the first 15 dates of their European tour so Richards could recover. He will join the Stones for their rescheduled European tour, beginning Tuesday in Milan.