‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Producer Reveals Johnny Depp’s Future With a Candid

The rum and presumably Jack Sparrow will be gone when the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” film sets sail for theaters.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who made the franchise a multi-billion dollar earner for Disney with Johnny Depp at the center, recently opened up about the controversial actor’s future amid his $50 million defamation lawsuit. dollars against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

When asked if Depp could ever reprise his role as a legendary swordsman in a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Bruckheimer replied: “Not at this stage. The future is not yet decided. »

Instead, Bruckheimer and company are in talks with Margot Robbie to star in a separate project based in the same universe with the producer teasing, “We’re developing two ‘Pirates’ scripts – one with her, one without.”

Depp – who starred as Sparrow in five ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, including the final episode, ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’, which arrived in 2017 – said Heard’s abuse allegations against him ruined his career.

The ‘Aquaman’ star has accused the actor of repeatedly physically and sexually assaulting her during their brief marriage, which she alluded to in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that is now at the center of the lawsuit. of the former couple. Depp, meanwhile, also claimed to have been a victim of domestic abuse. Both denied the other’s claims.

In court earlier this month, Depp testified that days after Heard published the article, Disney had effectively “cut ties” with him, per Variety. His agent also claimed in court that the actor lost $22.5 million in salary for a potential sixth installment in the “Pirates” franchise.

But Depp previously said he would never play Sparrow again.

In an exchange with the actor, Heard’s attorney asked if it was true that “nothing in the world would make you go back and work” with Disney on a new movie in the franchise, according to Variety.

“That’s right,” Depp replied, seemingly putting the nail in the coffin for his future with the franchise.

As for Robbie’s “Pirates,” the female project would be an “entirely original story with new characters,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bruckheimer is once again set to produce the film with a script from “Birds of Prey” scribe Christina Hodson.


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