Johnny Depp’s Possible Return as Jack Sparrow (UPDATED 2022)

Johnny Depp is most recognized for his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Johnny Depp has been in all five Pirates Of The Caribbean films since the first one, “Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl,” was released in 2003.

Rumors circulated about a sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film soon after the fifth film was released in 2017. Depp’s continuing court battle with ex-wife Amber Heard and the “Aquaman” actress has hindered his role in the Disney movie, which some fans had hoped would provide a conclusion to Jack Sparrow’s saga. Here’s what we know about Depp’s role in the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film.

Why Did Pirates of the Caribbean Reject Johnny Depp?

After dating for three years, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard tied the knot in 2015. They divorced in May 2016, with Heard submitting a divorce petition. Heard claimed at the time that Depp had physically abused her during their marriage, something Depp has denied. Depp paid Heard $7 million as part of their divorce settlement in 2016.

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Two years later, Heard wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Dec. 18, 2018, that was titled “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change,” in which “Aquaman” “the actress wrote about her alleged experiences of sexual assault and domestic abuse. Given her past charges and contextual hints throughout the essay hinting at the timing, many readers quickly believed that Depp was the claimed topic of the op-ed, even if she didn’t name him.

A few days after Heard’s column was published, it was announced that Johnny Depp would not appear in any future Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Heard’s accusations were not expressly highlighted by Disney exec Sean Bailey as the reason for their decision to terminate Depp’s contract. Rather, on December 22, 2018, Bailey told the publication that they were seeking new storylines to explore.

“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,” he said. Later on, Depp was requested to leave his part as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts films as well, because of conflicting schedules (he was ultimately replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in the role).

Jack Sparrow Return
Jack Sparrow Return

Defamation lawsuits between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are a waste of time and money. It was Depp’s contention that the op-claims ed’s about him were inaccurate and that their marriage had been a nightmare that led to his defamation lawsuit against Heard.

He sought $50 million in damages in his lawsuit. Afterward, Heard launched a $100 million defamation countersuit against Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman, saying that Waldman’s statements regarding her abuse claims being a “hoax” had damaged her career. After the trial, she cited the fact that she had a smaller role in “Aquaman 2” and a drop in other film prospects.

Will “Pirates of the Caribbean 6” Feature Johnny Depp?

The public’s perception of Depp is changing on social media with recent discoveries from the defamation trial. It had appeared like Depp was done with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He may be forced to reconsider his role in this franchise if movie executives show more willingness to discuss his past participation with the brand openly.

Although Johnny Depp has not been cast in the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film, it appears that the directors are open to the possibility of bringing him on board in the future. In an interview with The Sunday Times, film producer Jerry Bruckheimer stated that two scripts for “POTC6” are now in development, neither of which include Johnny Depp — at least not for the time being. When asked if Depp could return for the upcoming film, he said, “Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided.”

What Has Johnny Depp Said About His Future With Pirates of the Caribbean?

Jack Sparrow’s influence on Johnny Depp can be seen in all five Pirates of the Caribbean films. Referring to the first film, the actor testified in the 2022 defamation trial “I didn’t see it. But I believe that the film did pretty well, apparently, and they wanted to keep going, making more, and I was fine to do that.”

In addition, Depp spoke about his portrayal of the character and audience reception, saying, “I thought that it might be a character who would be accepted by five-year-olds and 45-year-olds, 65-year-olds, and 85-year-olds in the same way that Bugs Bunny is.”

It wasn’t until they dropped him that he decided to never work with Disney again. When Ben Rottenborn, Heard’s attorney, questioned the actor on the stand, he said, “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.”

There’s no way to predict how the outcome of the Depp v. Heard defamation trial will affect Johnny Depp or his participation in the next Pirates of the Caribbean film. For now, the only answer is, “He is not currently attached to the project.” And it’s possible that he doesn’t want to be. Stay tuned with us only on leedaily.com

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