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Pirates of the Caribbean creators say Johnny Depp's return is 'yet to be decided'

Jerry Bruckheimer, who has produced all five Pirates of the Caribbean films, said that the untitled sixth flick is currently in development at Disney with multiple scripts in production.
Neasa Cumiskey

Pirates of the Caribbean filmmakers haven’t ruled out Johnny Depp’s return as Captain Jack Sparrow in future sequels amid his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who has produced all five Pirates of the Caribbean films, said that the untitled sixth flick is currently in development at Disney with multiple scripts in production.

He also hinted that Disney are considering Birds of Prey actor Margot Robbie to star in the next swashbuckling adventure film.

“We're talking to Margot Robbie. We are developing two Pirates scripts – one with her, one without,” the 78-year-old told The Sunday Times.

When asked whether Depp, who has starred as Captain Jack Sparrow since the franchise was born back in 2003, will be returning for the sixth instalment, Bruckheimer said: “Not at this point [but] the future is yet to be decided.”

Depp is currently embroiled in a $50m (€47m) defamation trial against his ex-wife, Aquaman actor Amber Heard, whom he was married to from 2015 to 2017.

He is suing Ms Heard for libel over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post, which his lawyers say falsely implies he physically and sexually abused her.

Just days after Ms Heard published her op-ed, Disney dropped Depp from the planned Pirates of the Caribbean reboot and Depp confirmed that he had no intention of working with Disney in the future while being cross-examined at Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.

Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/AP

Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/AP

Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, asked the actor: “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300m 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? Correct?”

Depp answered: “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.”

However, on his fourth day on the stand, Depp told the court that he wished to give his character a “proper goodbye” with the sixth film before the entertainment giant fired him.

“My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye,” he said.

“A franchise can last only so long. And there’s a way to end a franchise like that, and I thought the characters should have a way out, to end the franchise on a very good note. And I planned on continuing until it was time to stop.

Continuing, Depp said: “Captain Jack Sparrow was a character that I had built from the ground up, and was something that I put a lot of… you put a lot of yourself into characters.

“And also having worked on those films with those people, and having put a lot of my own rewriting, dialogue, scenes, and jokes and whatever they are.

“I didn’t quite understand how, after that long relationship, and quite a successful relationship, certainly for Disney, that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent.”


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