Not long ago after Johnny Depp won the majority of counts in a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, a rumor online got some major attention. Unfounded reports abounded that Depp may return to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. It’s something that many fans wanted to happen.
But, a representative for Depp reached out to NBC News to confirm the rumor, along with a $300 million sum for the return, as being “made up.” So, don’t expect a Captain Jack Sparrow return anytime soon.
There has been another “Pirates of the Caribbean” film starring Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya,” “Birds of Prey“) in the works for sometime. Initially announced in 2018, the film is expected to be a ‘soft reboot’ of the Pirates franchise. Speculation hints that perhaps this will be based on Redd from the classic Disneyland ride. Christina Hodson has been working on the script since 2020.
During his testimony during the trial, Depp said he wanted to say goodbye to fans in one more film. “My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye. There’s a way to end a franchise like that….I planned on continuing until it was time to stop.”
Whether “Dead Men Tell No Tales” will be Johnny’s last Pirates film is yet to be seen. Is it possible Disney wants more time between the public trials and renewing their partnership with Depp? Yes, but it’s also possible his role in the series is finished.
It’s not as if fans don’t want him back. Many commenters say they won’t watch a Pirates franchise film he’s not in. Only time will tell if the rumored Jack Sparrow return, and that massive payday, were actually real, or just made up.