Now that the defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is finally over and Depp has won the case, many have been wondering if the Pirates of the Caribbean actor would ever get a chance to return to the franchise.
Disney reportedly dropped Depp from Pirates after he was embroiled in domestic violence allegations. “It doesn’t surprise me,” Depp said in court from Variety. “Two years had passed, in which the world was constantly talking about me being this woman bully. So I’m sure Disney tried to cut ties to be safe. The #MeToo movement was in full swing at the time.” However, Depp was aware that while he was removed from the project, the company was still making money from his character. “They didn’t remove my character from the rides. They haven’t stopped selling Captain Jack Sparrow dolls. They haven’t stopped selling anything. They just didn’t want anything walking after me that they would find.”
When the trial ended, a former Walt Disney People executive said the studio would love to have Depp back. “I absolutely believe after the verdict that Pirates is ready to relaunch with Johnny back on board as Captain Jack,” they said. “There’s just too much potential box office sweetheart for a beloved character that’s deeply embedded in Disney culture.” Unfortunately for Depp fans, his rep’s latest statement isn’t all that promising.
Johnny Depp will not return to Pirates of the Caribbean
An Australian news outlet has claimed Disney is ready to offer Johnny Depp $301 million for his comeback in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. “Disney is very interested in repairing their relationship with Johnny Depp,” a source told PopTropic. “They contacted the actor ahead of his Amber Heard defamation trial and asked if he would be interested in returning for another Pirates movie or two.”
But a representative for Depp vehemently denied those claims, telling NBC News the rumors were completely false. “It’s made up,” they said via E! News. Even if Disney were to offer him money for his return, Depp admitted he wouldn’t accept it. “If Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, would there be anything in the world that would make you go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Right?” Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, asked during the trial (per Variety). “That’s true, Mr. Rottenborn,” Depp said.
With the sixth installment of Pirates reportedly in the works, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said there could be a very different lead. Speaking to the Sunday Times, he shared that a female-led spin-off is a possibility. “Yes. We’re talking to Margot Robbie,” he revealed. “We are developing two Pirates scripts – one with her, one without.”