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Former Disney Executive Believes Johnny Depp Will Return to ‘Pirates of the Carirbbean’ after Trial Win

Published on June 6th, 2022 | Updated on June 6th, 2022 | By FanFest

Some people think that Johnny Depp can come back to play Jack Sparrow in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie after his trial win against Amber Heard.

“I absolutely believe post-verdict that Pirates is primed for rebooting with Johnny as Capt. Jack back on board,” the former Disney exec, who wasn’t named, told PEOPLE. “There is just too much potential box-office treasure for a beloved character deeply embedded in the Disney culture.”

Depp hasn’t played Jack Sparrow since 2017 when he made his final appearance as Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” Although it grossed a lot of money, it was still much less than the amount its predecessor, “On Stranger Tides,” had grossed.

Last month, however, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said in a wide-ranging interview with The Sunday Times that it is unlikely “at this point” that Depp would return to a potential sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

“Not at this point,” he said when asked about Depp. “The future is yet to be decided.”

An expert witness in the defamation trial against Amber Heard by her ex-husband Johnny Depp is speaking out about the backlash he received as a result of testifying. He says that he has received many negative comments and threats since he agreed to testify.

Bruckheimer said he is trying to rebuild the “Pirates” franchise around a new protagonist, Margot Robbie. He said they are developing two scripts, one with her and one without her.

After the verdict, TheWrap talked to multiple Hollywood insiders who said that although Depp may work again, he likely won’t star in big studio blockbusters anymore.

“No A-list movie is going to hire him the way they used to,” one top veteran studio executive said of Depp. “He was a pain in the ass before the trial, always. And what he’s proven is he’s still a pain in the ass.”

An agent said that Depp would find work in the independently financed world, but not among the $20 million roles. This is because those high-paying roles do not come with as big of a pay check as they used to for Depp.

“Depp, yes,” he can work, the agent said. “More in the foreign sales model and maybe eventually as a sort of character actor later down the road on a studio film with an auteur director, who can cast whoever they want.”

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