Is Disney Looking To Bring Back Johnny Depp for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 6?’
On June 3, 2022, curators of pop culture, Deuxmoi took to their Instagram story and posted a blind item sent in by an anonymous follower.
According to the follower, Disney has been considering taking Johnny Depp back for Pirates of the Caribbean 6 for a cameo or supporting role ever since he won the trial.
Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard led to an outpouring of public support, and hence the film production studio wants to bring him back.
They also added Karen Gillan is expected to take over as the lead in the franchise.
So far, there has been no confirmation about Depp’s involvement in the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
On May 15, 2022, film producer Jerry Bruckheimer told The Sunday Times there were two scripts in the works for the pirate movie, and neither of them involved Depp.
Deuxmoi's post about Disney wanting to bring back Johnny Depp for Pirates of the Caribbean 6. (Source: Deuxmoi/Instagram)
When asked if the actor could return to the upcoming film, he said, “Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided.”
Johnny Depp Removed from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’
Depp is best known for portraying Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.
Depp’s outstanding performance as the extremely witty and sometimes self-centered pirate lord made him one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood.
The film franchise grossed $4.5 billion worldwide, and a large part of that success was because of Depp’s portrayal of the Captain.
However, in 2018, the actor was officially dropped from the franchise’s planned reboot, days after his former wife Heard’s op-ed was published.
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow on Pirates of the Caribbean. (Source: Pirates of the Caribbean/Instagram)
In the op-ed, the Aquaman actress wrote about her alleged experiences with sexual assault and domestic abuse. Heard did not specifically mention Depp’s name, but readers suspected it was about Depp.
Unfortunately, the op-ed had a damaging effect on his career, and he was asked to resign from his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
After Heard’s op-ed piece went live, Disney executive Sean Bailey told The Hollywood Reporter that they were looking to explore new storylines.
Johnny Depp on His Future in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’
In 2019, Depp sued Heard for defamation for $50 million in damages, alleging the claims made in her op-ed were false.
He also claimed he was not the predator but the victim of domestic violence.
And then on, on April 11, 2022, the trial officially kicked off. While taking the stand, Depp talked about his future in the film franchise.
The actor iterated he would never work with the movie-making giant again after being dropped from the franchise.
Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, asked him about his return.
“The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film? Correct?” to which Depp responded, “That is correct, Mr. Rottenborn.”
Even if Disney takes back Depp, it looks like he may not want to be involved with the franchise.