A former Disney executive said Johnny Depp may be called upon to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, as fans have “a huge appetite” to see it happen.
The former director, who was not identified by name, said: People he thought Depp, 58, could return as the reckless rogue pirate, citing the promise of a huge potential payday for everyone involved.
“I absolutely believe Pirates is ready to reboot with Johnny as Captain Jack back on board,” the director told People. “There’s just too much potential blockbuster for a much-loved character deeply entrenched in Disney culture.”
The former Disney insider predicted that after the huge success of Paramount Pictures’ “Top Gun: Maverick” Disney would try to bring back their own beloved franchise.
‘There is [a] huge appetite for bringing affordable Hollywood stars back to hugely popular franchises,” the director told People.
Despite the insider’s confidence that Disney could bring the franchise back, he’s not too sure the actor would be ready.
A former Disney executive believes Johnny Depp (left, in character, with Orlando Bloom on the right) could reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates franchise, as there is a “huge appetite” from fans and from Disney to ‘bringing back affordable Hollywood’ stars
Depp testified in court that he had no intention of reprising his role as Sparrow because he felt he was “guilty until proven innocent” by Disney executives
During his defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, the actor told the jury that he would no longer work with Disney after being dropped from the sixth Pirates movie.
His legal team alleges that Depp missed out on a $22 million payday after Heard published her Washington Post opinion in 2018 in which Depp was not identified, but clearly labeled him a domestic abuser.
Depp said he felt “guilty until proven innocent” to Disney executives.
Though his former agent testified in court that it was actually Depp’s “unprofessional behavior” that left studios “reluctant” to hire him.
Depp also had to resign his role as Grindelwald in the Harry Potter franchise after losing his British libel suit against The Sun, which he sued for calling him a “wife beater.”
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ would become the worst-performing film in the franchise.
Another insider, who had previously worked on Pirates sets, told People he didn’t “believe” Depp would turn down the part if offered because of “his money problems” and the fact that Pirates is a “global billion dollar company.” franchise.’
The actor sued his ex-wife Amber Heard (pictured) for defamation after she published an op-ed in 2018 saying she had been abused
A Hollywood agent believes Depp’s career will ‘bloom’ as his fans are ‘very loyal and vocal and everyone knows he is far from perfect’ (Photo: Depp waves to fans outside the courthouse)
Super producer Jerry Bruckheimer told the Sunday Times in May that producers were “developing two Pirates scripts” in which Depp was not involved.
Bruckheimer said Depp was “not currently” cast in the role of Jack Sparrow, but that the “future has yet to be determined.”
Actress Margot Robbie, 31, would be considered for her star spin in the franchise.
The unnamed insider told People that a seventh film would “probably” be released in 2025 and they believed the producers would “make Robbie.” [Depp’s] daughter and probably have a cameo from him as a test.”
Finally, a Hollywood agent told People he believed Depp’s career would “bloom” despite the messy public trial.
“His fans are very loyal and vocal and they all know that he is far from perfect,” the agent told People.
Depp will appear in the cast list if you search for ‘Beetlejuice 2’ in Google. Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder starred in the original Beetlejuice movie in 1988
Depp said the jury “gave me my life back” after winning the blockbuster trial against his ex-wife.
“Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me, as well as the lives of the people who have supported and believed in me for many, many years were changed forever. ‘
“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humiliated,” he wrote in a statement.
Whether or not Jack Sparrow sees the big screen again, there are rumors that Depp may be cast in Tim Burton’s long-trumped-up sequel to ‘Bettlejuice’.
Depp, who hasn’t starred in a major film since 2018, now appears in the cast list for ‘Bettlejuice 2’ alongside stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, in Google searches for the film.
The film’s IMDB page was also recently updated with a synopsis and a 2025 release date.
In February, Deadline fueled speculation that the film franchise would be revived after reports that Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B would be leading the project and that it was in early development at Warner Bros.
‘The jury gave me back my life’ Johnny Depp’s full statement after slander win
Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of those closest to me, as well as the lives of the people who supported me and believed in me for years, were changed forever.
All in the blink of an eye.
False, very serious and criminal charges were made against me through the media, leading to an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already circumnavigated the world twice in a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and career.
And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am really humiliated.
My decision to pursue this case, knowing full well the height of the legal hurdles I would face and the inevitable global spectacle in my life, was made after much thought.
From the very beginning, the aim of this case was to reveal the truth regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something I owed to my children and to all who have stood firm in their support of me. I feel at peace in the knowledge that I have finally achieved that.
I am, and was, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from all over the world. I hope that my quest to get the truth told has helped others, men or women, who are in my situation and that those who support them never give up. I also hope that the position will now once again be innocent until proven otherwise, both within the courts and in the media.
I want to acknowledge the noble work of the judge, jurors, court staff and sheriffs who sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and my diligent and unwavering legal team who have done an extraordinary job of helping me share the truth .
The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun.
Veritas numquam perit.
Truth never dies.