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Johnny Depp probably won’t be returning as Jack Sparrow anytime soon.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer has opened up about Depp’s involvement in the franchise amid his libel lawsuit with ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp has played the iconic role of Jack Sparrow in all five films in the franchise, including his latest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ released in 2017.
The Sunday Times asked Bruckheimer if Depp would be back, and he replied: “Not at the moment. The future is not yet decided.”
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The film’s producer is currently working on two more “Pirates of the Caribbean” films and has confirmed with the outlet that he is in talks with Margot Robbie to be cast in one of two scripts currently in development.
Depp, 58, is currently in the midst of a defamation lawsuit where he accused his ex-wife Amber Heard of ruining his reputation by sharing false allegations of domestic abuse in an essay she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018. Heard counter-sued Depp for $100 million claiming he defamed her.
During the ongoing lawsuit, Depp shared that he has no desire to return to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. While being cross-examined by Heard’s attorney, he said: “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing in the world would would make you go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Wouldn’t it?”
Depp replied, “That’s right, Mr. Rottenborn.”
In court, an article published in 2018 came to Depp’s attention. The article claimed that due to Heard’s allegations, Depp had “dated as Jack Sparrow,” Variety reported.
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“I wasn’t aware of this, but it doesn’t surprise me,” the actor said. “Two years had passed without the world constantly talking about me as this wife-beater. So I’m sure Disney was trying to cut ties to be safe. The #MeToo movement was in full swing at this moment.”
Depp’s agent Jack Whigham testified that due to Heard’s allegations, Depp was fired for the run in the sixth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie, which ultimately resulted in a loss of $22.5 million .
Heard released a statement saying ‘the truth’ is not on her ex-husband’s side ahead of her third day of cross-examination following a week-long hiatus in the defamation trial that began in Fairfax, Va. April 11.
“There is an old adage of trial attorneys: when the facts are on your side, argue the facts; when the facts are not on your side, hit the podium. Today, we expect the Depp’s attorneys are hitting the victim instead,” his reps said via PEOPLE magazine.
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“We fear this is both shameful and desperate. And the overwhelming evidence – the truth – is not on Depp’s side. The one thing we suspect Depp’s attorneys will avoid is the central issue in this trial: Does Amber or any other woman have a First Amendment right to free speech.”
He hit back in a statement released through his representatives: ‘As Mr. Depp’s lawyer correctly predicted in his opening statements last month, Ms. Heard indeed delivered ‘the performance of a lifetime’ during of his direct interrogation.”
The statement continued: “While Ms. Heard’s stories have continued to develop new practical details, Mr. Depp’s memories have remained exactly the same throughout the painful six years since his first allegations were made. His truth – the truth – is the same no matter what environment it was presented in. The forthcoming cross-examination by Mr. Depp’s team will be most revealing and will certainly highlight the many errors that Ms. Heard has now tried to pass off as fact throughout his convoluted testimony.
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Fox News’ Tracy Wright contributed to this report.