When it was reported that Johnny Depp had inked a $301 million agreement to reprise his major role in Pirates of the Caribbean earlier this month, fans of the actor were both astonished and thrilled. Rumors that the actor will reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow surfaced after he prevailed in his defamation suit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, in which he had declared that “nothing on this world” would tempt him to return to the successful film franchise.
ICYMI (how? ), Depp sued Heard over a 2018 Washington Post article in which he claimed she intimated he was physically violent, and the two have recently been involved in a highly publicized trial as a result. Fans of both performers vehemently argued their positions during the numerous online discussions that the issue sparked. When the trial was over, the jury decided in Depp’s favor, concluding that her article had harmed his reputation and career.
On June 7, a source allegedly told PopTopic that “Disney is highly interested in mending up their relationship with Johnny Depp.” The question of whether the actor would be interested in returning for one or more additional Pirates movies was put to the actor before his defamation trial against Amber Heard.
The company had previously sent Depp a draught of the planned movie, according to the same source. Days later, however, a representative for Depp has denied the reports, telling Metro that they are untrue. This is not surprising, given that the 59-year-old actor claimed in court during his case against Heard that “nothing on this earth [not even] $300 million and a million alpacas” could convince him to return to Pirates of the Caribbean.
As Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp starred in five Pirates of the Caribbean films and reportedly earned $300 million (£230 million) between 2003 and 2017. In contrast, Disney’s head of production Sean Bailey declared in 2018 that Depp would no longer be a part of the franchise’s future as a result of Heard’s Washington Post piece.
“We want to inject fresh vigor and enthusiasm. I adore the Pirates films, but one of the reasons Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are so fascinating as writers is that we want to give the franchise a kick in the behind. And that’s the assignment I’ve given them,” he said to The Hollywood Reporter.
One of the franchise’s authors later added to DailyMailTV, saying, “I think he’s had a terrific run” (per NME). The character has undoubtedly become his own and is currently the one for whom he is most well-known. He’s a beloved character among children everywhere, so I believe it’s been terrific for both him and us. I’m just incredibly delighted about it.