The rum and presumably Jack Sparrow might be gone when the subsequent “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie units sail for theaters.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who’s steered the franchise right into a multibillion-dollar earner for Disney with Johnny Depp on the middle, not too long ago addressed the controversial actor’s future amid his ongoing $50 million defamation trial towards ex-wife Amber Heard.
When requested whether or not Depp may ever return to his function because the legendary swashbuckler in a latest interview with The Sunday Times, Bruckheimer stated, “Not at this level. The longer term is but to be determined.”
As a substitute, Bruckheimer and firm are in talks with Margot Robbie to star in a separate venture based mostly in the identical universe with the producer teasing, “We’re growing two ‘Pirates’ scripts — one together with her, one with out.”
Depp — who starred as Sparrow in 5 “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, with the latest installment, “Useless Males Inform No Tales,” arriving in 2017 — has stated that Heard’s allegations of abuse towards him ruined his profession.
The “Aquaman” star has accused the actor of bodily and sexually assaulting her on a number of events throughout their temporary marriage, which she alluded to in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that’s now on the middle of the previous couple’s trial. Depp, in the meantime, has additionally claimed he was the sufferer of spousal abuse. Each have denied one another’s claims.
In court docket earlier this month, Depp testified that days after Heard revealed the piece Disney successfully “lower ties” with him, per Variety. His agent additionally claimed in court docket that the actor lost out on a $22.5 million payday for a possible sixth installment of the “Pirates” franchise.
However Depp has beforehand said that he would by no means play Sparrow once more.
In an alternate with the actor, Heard’s legal professional requested whether or not it was true that “nothing on this earth would get you to return and work” with Disney on a brand new movie within the franchise, in line with Variety.
“That’s true,” Depp replied, seemingly placing the nail within the coffin for his future with the franchise.
As for Robbie’s “Pirates” movie, the female-fronted venture is reportedly a “wholly authentic story with new characters,” in line with The Hollywood Reporter. Bruckheimer is as soon as once more set to supply the movie with a script from “Birds of Prey” scribe Christina Hodson.