Johnny Depp is back in the headlines once again. This time his fans are questioning whether or not he’ll make a return as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But, now the trial he faced due to Amber Heard’s allegations is over. So the world waits to see who will take the lead role in the upcoming movies.
To be Captain Jack sparrow, or not to be …
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp dragged each other’s names through the mud last year in their very public defamation case. As a result of Amber’s allegations, Disney cut ties with Johnny. However, later it seemed as if they simply placed future Captain Jack Sparrow lead roles on hold, pending the trial results. This year, rumors have been flying high around Johnny Depp’s continued involvement with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
On June 7th, a viral post made its way around the world from an Australian news outlet. In the article, a source said: “Disney are very interested in patching up their relationship with Johnny Depp.… They are very hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and return as his iconic character.”
According to The Sun, Johnny Depp will be in the UK in February to test shoot for the next movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. A source said: “Johnny is set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow. And is scheduled to start filming at the beginning of February. At a top secret location in the UK. Everything is in the early stages and there is still no director attached to the project. It is being called A Day At The Sea. Johnny is expected to do a test shoot in early February before the production gets fully underway.”
Allegedly, a call sheet has been handed out to those involved. The source continued: “A call sheet has been distributed among those in the know. Bruce Hendricks, who worked on the first three films, is named as the Executive Producer on the new project. All the other details are being kept under lock and key. The whole project is shrouded in secrecy and Disney want to keep everything under wraps as best they can.”
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Margot Robbie says …
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Margot Robbie hinted that her role will likely not happen. Disney had played with the idea of creating a female lead for the Pirates of the Caribbean, but that would mean no more Captain Jack Sparrow. “We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago. To have more of a female-led – not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story – which we thought would’ve been really cool. But I guess they don’t want to do it,” Margot said.
Margot Robbie Teases Her Pirates of the Caribbean Movie https://t.co/BymFb8psZg pic.twitter.com/t7AxXtQfZf— Screen Rant (@screenrant) November 19, 2020
Why was his role questioned?
When Amber’s allegations came out, Disney took it very seriously. They put the role of Captain Jack Sparrow on hold to convey their message that they do not condone domestic violence. Women’s aid gave their insight: “When someone is accused of or found guilty of domestic abuse, it is important that all employers take this seriously, and that includes employers in film and TV. When domestic abuse is swept under the carpet and quickly forgotten about, it sends a dangerous message that it is not that serious. Domestic abuse could not be more serious, with three women every fortnight being killed by a current or former partner in the UK.”
During the trial, Johnny Depp was asked whether he would return as Captain Jack Sparrow if Disney asked. He said he wouldn’t. Not even if they paid him “$300 million dollars and a million alpacas”. Regardless, Johnny’s fans plea with Disney to bring him back and created a petition. It gained over 800,000 signatures is favor of their favorite boozy-rum-addicted-pirate.
Fans seem to be disappointed, but remain hopeful that Johnny Depp will in some way return as the famous pirate. According to Hello! some took to comment online saying, “Johnny Depp is the WHOLE Pirates of the Caribbean franchise,” and: “Imagine thinking a Pirates of the Caribbean film would be successful without Captain Jack Sparrow,” as well as the hashtag “No Johnny No Pirates.”
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- “Why Rumors of a Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean Comeback Won’t Go Away.” Vanity Fair. Savannah Walsh. June 28, 2022.
- “Johnny Depp’s future as Captain Jack Sparrow remains unclear – fans react.” Hello Beatriz colon. November 15, 2022.
- “Johnny Depp insider debunks report he’s returning to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.” NY Post. Brooke Kato and Elizabeth Rosner. November 23, 2022.