A former Disney exec said Johnny Depp could be called in to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow as fans have a “huge appetite” to see it.
The former manager, who was not named, told People he thought Depp, 58, might return as a swashbuckling rogue pirate because he promised a huge potential payday for everyone involved.
“I absolutely believe after the verdict that Pirates is ready to restart with Johnny back on board as Captain Jack,” the executive told People. “There are just too many potential box office sweethearts for a beloved character deeply embedded 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 its own beloved franchise.
‘There is [a] big appetite to bring back bankable Hollywood stars in hugely popular franchises,” the executive told People.
Despite the insider’s confidence that Disney could bring the franchise back, he’s not sure the actor would be up for it.
A former Disney exec believes Johnny Depp (left, in character, with Orlando Bloom at right) could reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates franchise as there’s a “huge appetite” from fans and Disney,” bringing back bankable Hollywood”. Stars’
Depp testified in court that he had no plans to reprise his role as Sparrow because he felt “guilty until proven innocent” by Disney executives.
During his defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, the actor told the jury he would not work with Disney again after being scrubbed out of the sixth Pirates film.
His legal team alleges Depp lost a $22 million payday after Heard published her op-ed in The Washington Post in 2018 that did not identify Depp but clearly branded him a domestic abuser.
Depp said he feels “guilty until proven innocent” to Disney executives.
Although his former agent testified in court that it was actually Depp’s “unprofessional conduct” that caused the studios to be “reluctant” to hire him.
Depp was also forced to step down from his role as Grindelwald in the Harry Potter franchise after losing his UK defamation lawsuit against The Sun, which he was suing for calling him a “wife beater”.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” was the worst-performing film in the franchise.
Another insider who previously worked on Pirates sets told People that he doesn’t “think” Depp will leave the role due to “his money problems” and the fact that Pirates is a “billion-dollar global.” would if it were offered a franchise.’
The actor sued his ex-wife Amber Heard (pictured) for defamation after she published a comment in 2018 saying she had been abused
A Hollywood agent believes Depp’s career will “blossom” as his fans are “very loyal and vocal and everyone knows he’s far from perfect” (pictured: Depp waves to fans outside the courthouse).
Superproducer Jerry Bruckheimer told the Sunday Times in May that producers were “developing two Pirates scripts” with which Depp was not involved.
Bruckheimer said Depp is “not yet” cast for the role of Jack Sparrow, but the “future is yet to be decided.”
Actress Margot Robbie, 31, is said to be under consideration for her starring role in the franchise.
The unnamed insider told People that a seventh film would “probably” come out in 2025 and they believed the producers would “do Robbie.” [Depp’s] daughter and probably have a cameo of him as a test.
Finally, a Hollywood agent told People he believed Depp’s career would “blossom” despite the messy public trial.
“His fans are very loyal and vocal and everyone knows he’s far from perfect,” the agent told People.
Depp shows up in the cast list when you search “Beetlejuice 2” on Google. Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder co-starred in the original 1988 Beetlejuice film
Depp said the jury gave me my life back after he won his ex-wife’s blockbuster trial.
“Six years ago my life, the lives of my children, the lives of the people closest to me, and also the lives of the people who have supported and believed in me for many, many years, changed forever.”
“And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really humbled,” he wrote in a statement.
Regardless of whether or not Jack Sparrow sees the big screen again, rumors are circulating that Depp could be cast in Tim Burton’s long-rumored Bettlejuice sequel.
Depp, who hasn’t appeared in a major film since 2018, now appears in the cast list for ‘Bettlejuice 2’ alongside stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder when Google searches for the film.
The film’s IMDB page was 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 helm the project and said it was in early development at Warner Bros.
“The jury gave me my life back,” Johnny Depp said in full after the defamation win
Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of the people closest to me, and also the lives of the people who supported and believed in me for many, many years changed forever.
Everything in no time.
False, very serious and criminal allegations were leveled against me through the media, creating an endless stream of hate content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice in a nanosecond and had a seismic impact on my life and career.
And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I’m really humiliated.
My decision to pursue this case, knowing well the magnitude of the legal hurdles I would face and the inevitable global spectacle of my life, was made only after careful consideration.
From the beginning, the goal of bringing this case forward was to uncover the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something I owed to my children and to all those who have steadfastly supported me. I feel reassured knowing I’ve finally made it.
I am and have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and tremendous support and kindness from around the world. I hope that my search for the truth has helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation and that those who support them never give up. I also hope that the position will now revert to innocent pending guilt, both within the courts and in the media.
I want to acknowledge the noble work of the judge, jury, court staff and sheriffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and my hardworking and steadfast legal team who have done an extraordinary job of helping me has to share the truth.
The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun.
Veritas numquam perit.
The truth never goes away.