Pirates of the Caribbean Producer on Whether or Not Johnny Depp Will Return to Play Jack Sparrow

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It's been nearly five years since Disney released a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie in theaters, and many fans are excited to see the next one. In 2020, it was reported that Pirates of the Caribbean 6 was in the works at Disney, with Margot Robbie leading the predominantly female cast.

However, not much has been revealed since then, and now, fans are wondering if there's a chance that Johnny Depp will reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the highly-anticipated sequel. Now, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has spoken about the possibility of Depp's return.

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While promoting his latest release, Top Gun: Maverick, 78-year-old Jerry Bruckheimer told The Sunday Times that two scripts for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie are currently in the works: “one with [Robbie], one without” her.

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When asked whether Depp, who played Jack Sparrow since the franchise's first movie, could return for the sixth film, Bruckheimer said, “Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided.”

While Bruckheimer didn't shut down the possibility of Depp returning as Jack Sparrow entirely, it sounds like it's far from happening. At this time, it doesn't seem like Depp himself is eager to reprise his iconic role.

Depp is currently battling a $50 million defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard in Fairfax, Virginia for implying he abused her in a 2018 op-ed published by The Washingtom Post.

When Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, asked Depp, “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300m [£245m] 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 replied: “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.”

Related: Why Amber Heard is Still in Aquaman 2

Meanwhile, the Change.org petition to bring back Johnny Depp to Pirates of the Caribbean has reached 678,000 signatures at the time of this writing, and still counting.

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You can read more details on why Johnny Depp is not returning to Pirates of the Caribbean here.