>> Earlier this year, Gemma Ward was said to be considering studying theater at Yale, and it seems the career direction was right, if not the venue: Ward has reportedly been cast in the upcoming fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series: On Stranger Tides.
The film, which is set to hit theaters on May 20, 2011, stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Geoffrey Rush, and is set to begin filming in Hawaii this week. Ward has a small speaking part as a mermaid and won't shoot her scenes until August. Australia's The Daily Telegraph cites a friend saying: "Gemma's focus is definitely on acting. She's spent the past year studying the craft full time in New York." And Frockwriter confirmed with "an extremely well-placed business associate" that Ward has definitely signed on for a role in the film.