Disney is reviving the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but it’s unclear if Johnny Depp will return as Captain Jack Sparrow. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s Motion Picture Production President Sean Bailey said that the studio is “noncommittal” at this point about Depp’s return.
“We love the character of Jack Sparrow,” Bailey said. “We love the actor Johnny Depp. There are no plans at this moment.”
Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow in five Pirates of the Caribbean films, which have grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide. He was fired from the franchise in 2018 after his ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic abuse. Depp denied the allegations and won a defamation lawsuit against Heard in June 2022.
It’s possible that Disney could bring Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow in a future Pirates of the Caribbean film. However, it’s also possible that the studio will recast the role or move forward with a new spin-off series without Depp.
Only time will tell if Depp will return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. In the meantime, fans can enjoy the five films that he starred in.
Fans React to Depp’s Possible Return
Fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise have reacted with mixed emotions to the news that Depp may not return as Captain Jack Sparrow. Some fans have expressed disappointment, while others have said that they would be happy to see a new actor take on the role.
“I’m so disappointed that Johnny Depp might not be coming back as Captain Jack Sparrow,” said one fan on Twitter. “He was the heart of the franchise and I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role.”
Another fan said, “I’m open to seeing a new actor play Captain Jack Sparrow, but I’ll always love Johnny Depp in the role. He was iconic.”
Disney’s Plans for the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
Disney has not yet announced any concrete plans for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. However, Bailey has said that the studio is “excited” to explore new stories within the world of Pirates of the Caribbean.
“We’re looking at ways to continue the story,” Bailey said. “We want to make sure that we’re respectful of the legacy of the franchise and that we’re giving fans something new and exciting.”
It’s unclear when Disney will release any new Pirates of the Caribbean content. However, fans can expect to hear more about the franchise in the coming months.