Update: According to a tweet from Jerry Bruckheimer, Kaya Scodelario has been cast in Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Listen up, second generation Skins fans: As it stands, there are some folks who are absolutely dreading the upcoming Pirates of Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Yes, a fifth film in the franchise is a lot, and maybe the whole series should've been sent to sleep with the fishes a long time ago — but listen up, Skins fans, because you now how solid reason to give this movie a shot: As previously reported, former Skins star Kaya Scodelario might be cast as the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean 5. I mean, that's totally reason enough to give Captain Jack Sparrow and crazy eyeliner another chance, right?
All this talk of Scodelario potentially landing this part is absolutely major news for many reasons: It's a huge film, and the budget is already reported to be astronomical. Though it's only talk, I can't see why it won't happen barring negotiation issues: Seriously, who doesn't want to add leading lady to their Hollywood resume, especially if it's amongst cast already including A-list stars like Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom? Yeah, that’s pretty much a no-brainer — and Scodelario, who rose to fame on Skins, would be totally perfect for the role too.
Apart from Pirates, Scodelario’s actualy been quite a busy lady lately, both on and off the screen: She’s currently wrapping up the sequel for The Maze Runner and a few weeks ago she celebrated becoming a wife-to-be with the announcement of her engagement to Benjamin Walker. If the addition of Piratesgoes through, the girl is going to have a lot to celebrate.
Considering Skins is where she got her start that led up to this major news, though, it's only fitting that we take a peek at what the other second generation cast members have been up to since their roles in the U.K. teen hit series came to an end in 2010.
Since his days on Skins, O'Connell has done pretty well for himself. Last year, he hit the big screen as Callisto in 300: Rise of an Empire, and he most recently landed the role of Louis Zamperini in the Angelina Jolie-directed film Unbroken — a part that not only gained him some major cred in the industry, but also, Oscar talk.
Since playing the bullied twin Emily Fitch on Skins, Prescott has continued to flex her acting chops — most notably on the CW drama Reign , in which she portrayed the not-so-naive Penelope. More recently, though, Prescott nabbed a starring role on the MTV scripted drama series Finding Carter , which catapulted her to lead actress status.
Additionally, as if that doesn't keep her busy enough, you can also look for her in the upcoming period mini-series The Dovekeepers, in which she'll play the daughter of a warrior who is being brought up as a boy.
The youngest of the Prescott twins reportedly worried about her post-Skins career, but it seems she was fretting for nothing: She's since landed roles in BBC's medical drama Holby City and also appeared in the 2013 horror film Shortcuts to Hell.
Unlike his Skins character Thomas Tomone, who left life in the U.K. behind to make his way to Harvard University, the 24-year-old Lukeba has mostly stuck to British TV and film: Since Skins, he's landed roles in the crime series Inspector Lewis, and in the fantasy series Making Sparks.
Now that his days of playing the pot-loving skateboarder Freddie are over (quite violently, at that — poor Freddie!), Pasqualino can currently be seen starring in the BBC series The Musketeers. He also appeared alongside Chris Evans in the 2013 sci-fi film Snowpiercer.
In 2013, Loveless' portrayed Alexia in the film The Fear of Water, for which she was lauded by the Monaco International Film Festival. She also has a starring in the upcoming dark comedy Set the Thames on Fire , and she returned for two additional Skins episodes in 2013 along with Scodelario, Kathryn Prescott, O'Connell, and season 1 and 2 star Hannah Murray.
The 23-year-old actor seems to be keeping a pretty low-profile on the acting front these days. Since Skins, Barbieri's only starred in two short films: A Friend Indeed and I'm Not Gavin. Oh, and judging by Barbieri's Instagram page, he's mastered the art of taking selfies.
Unfortunately, Backwell's post-Skins existence isn't very well-documented. It looks like she's been living out of the spotlight since 2012, only appearing in a short film and a movie during that time.
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