After a few years off the radar, Gemma Ward will return to the spotlight as a mermaid in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
The former supermodel has a small speaking role in the latest installment On Stranger Tides, also starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Megan Fox and Penelope Cruz.
Shooting is due to start this month in Hawaii but Ward will not shoot her scenes until August.
The wide-eyed model had disappeared from the spotlight for several years amid rumours of weight gain.
She was said to be studying acting in New York while also mourning the death of rumoured flame Heath Ledger and keeping a very low profile.
Friends say Ward, 22, has basically given up on modelling and wants to be an actor - having already appeared in the well-received Aussie flick The Black Balloon.
Playing a mermaid who tempts Captain Jack Sparrow won't exactly get her an Oscar, but we can understand why she said yes...mmm, Johnny Depp.
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