Eric BlairDecember 17th
2020

Disney is reported to have put a stop to Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow in any future Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

A piece in The Hollywood Reporter claims that although the franchise producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, was keen for Depp to reprise the role, Disney are unhappy at the idea as it would cause potential damage to their family friendly image.

The move comes after the actor lost a recent civil case against The Sun newspaper which he brought against them for publishing a headline labelling him a 'wife beater’ in relation to his fractious relationship with now ex-wife Amber Heard.

The marriage ended in 2017, with both parties accusing each other of violence during the relationship. 

Following the unsuccessful civil case, Depp was also removed from his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them series.

Last month, over 350,000 people signed a petition to bring Depp back as the famous Captain, a role that earned him an Academy Award nomination as well as one of the highest earning stars of the 2000s and 2010s, appearing in a number of other Disney movies including Alice in Wonderland.

The petition read: "Johnny Depp has been out recently as Captain Jack Sparrow. One of the reasons is his personal issues as well.

"He has been playing this role since 2003 when we first saw him arriving at the Port Royal in his boat with that epic background music playing.

"But can you imagine someone else portraying this instead of him? Or no Jack Sparrow at all?

"Disney is rebooting Dead Men Tell No Tales because of its box office but don't they know that without Johnny Depp or Jack Sparrow they will sink, they will never be able to reach that horizon they are looking for.

"Even if it means nothing to you but please, sign this petition for the ones who REALLY want Johnny Depp as their Captain of the Black Pearl!

"They have to bring him back to rule the seas again or we will never watch any Pirates of the Caribbean movie without our Captain.”

However, this latest report seems to indicate that Depp's time as Jack Sparrow is over, with Disney instead pursuing a reboot starring Margot Robbie.

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