Despite Disney’s recent comments regarding Johnny Depp’s potential return to play the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie, it seems Depp doesn’t want anything to do with it.
This comes after Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced Pirates of the Caribbean, praised Johnny Depp recently as he seemed to allude to a potential reunion as the beloved Jack Sparrow.
Fans will be aware that in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Depp made his acting debut as pirate Jack Sparrow. He later returned to the character for the sequels Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, and On Stranger Tides before delivering his final performance in Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
However, this wasn’t meant to be the final film in the franchise, but after his ex-girlfriend, Amber Heard accused Johnny Depp of domestic abuse, the actor was fired from the franchise and later filed a defamation lawsuit in the US.
Depp won the $50 million lawsuit in the high-profile case, which was resolved last year, and this prompted supporters of the Hollywood actor to urge Disney to bring him back into the Pirates of the Caribbean universe.
And fans might get their wish after all, as based on his previous displays of support for the actor, it appears that Bruckheimer may be amenable to the concept of Depp making a return.
When Bruckheimer was questioned about the likelihood of a Depp comeback during a recent interview with Deadline, he responded: “He’s just so good at what he does and actors recover from things like this.
“He’s a good individual and he’s a caring individual. He’s somebody that you can rely on and he’s just terrific.
“I think Johnny is an utter friend and an amazing artist and, again, you go through things in life you wish you hadn’t, but he’s still a talented artist.”
Prior to this, Bruckheimer has also stated that he would “love” to have Depp return to the part.
When questioned by The Hollywood Reporter in 2022 on whether Disney will bring Depp back, Bruckheimer responded: “You’d have to ask them. I can’t answer that question. I really don’t know.
“I would love to have him in the movie.
“He’s a friend, a terrific actor and it’s unfortunate that personal lives creep into everything we do.”
Yet, when it was said that “Disney [was] very interested in patching up their relationship with Johnny Depp” in June of last year, officials for Depp quickly put an end to rumors about a comeback, with a rep for the star announcing “This is made up.”
Depp also made it very clear that he would not be returning to Disney during the defamation trial due to the way he was treated following Heard’s allegations.
When her attorney Ben Rottenborn inquired about the veracity of Depp’s statement that “if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film?” Depp confirmed, “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.”
Despite this Sean Bailey, head of Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, recently spoke with The New York Times about the status of the sixth movie and left the door open for Depp’s prospective comeback.
“We think we have a really good, exciting story that honours the films that have come before but also has something new to say,” he said.
Although it seems Depp doesn’t want anything to do with the new movie, or Disney for that matter, after they dropped him over Amber Heard’s abuse claims.
Friends of Depp say he has no desire to return, “They blind dropped him even though Amber had lied her a** off,” one said as to the reason why he no longer wants to work for them.
The friend claims he has made the decision never to accept to return for this particular movie, and that it is extremely doubtful that he will ever be persuaded to do any Disney film again, regardless of how attractive the offer.
He is instead turning his attention to his other passions, art and music.
A source close to Depp said: “I would say that it’s likely he will spend most of his time in France, painting and making music,” but added: “There could be the odd film.”
However, it seems Disney is definitely off the cards.