- Johnny Depp is unlikely to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean film set.
- Depp’s role was recently removed from Fantastic Beasts.
- Jerry Bruckheimer has yet to provide an update on Johnny Depp’s part in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Over 300,000 Johnny Depp fans have signed a petition on Change.org to have him back on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The actor, who has been experiencing major career downers since his split from Amber Heard in 2016, will most likely be absent from future Pirates of the Caribbean films.
This is mostly due to the damaging allegations stemming from the relationship. Heard accused him of physical abuse and emotional torture, assertions that the actor has continued to deny.
A few major production houses have distanced themselves from the actor due to the controversy. He was recently released from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise as a result of the saga. The development was definitely devastating for both the actor and his fans.
Warner Bros apparently pressured him to abandon his part after he lost a court battle with The Sun, a British tabloid. He had sued the publication for libel after it published some negative statements about him, as proclaimed by his ex-wife, Heard.
He asserted that the newspaper had falsely labeled him a wife-beater. The court, however, ruled in favor of the newspaper, and underlined that much of what was published had up to that point in time been proven to be true.
Johnny Depp Out of the Picture
The sixth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel is in the works, but there are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to Johnny Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow. Earlier this year, producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that the plot was in development.
Bruckheimer, however, refrained from providing details about Johnny Depp’s role, stating, “the one we’re developing right now, we’re not sure quite what Johnny’s role is going to be. So, we’re going to have to see.”
Depp’s iconic performance in the first subtitle, The Curse of the Black Pearl, in 2003, was one of the main reasons why it became a major box-office hit. His Jack Sparrow character has since blossomed to become the face of the franchise.
The formula has worked well in the subsequent sequels. Notably, his superb portrayal of the swashbuckling, saber-rattling role got him a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
While Bruckheimer hasn’t publicly dismissed Depp’s role, Disney’s film production chief Sean Bailey announced in 2018 that his role was going to be withdrawn.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter at the time, he said,
“We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason [writers] Paul [Wernick] and Rhett [Reese] are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”
Depp’s fans have questioned the logic behind the push for his removal. For many, Johnny Depp’s character is the main reason why they watch the series. To them, Captain Jack Sparrow is the Pirates of the Caribbean.