Johnny Depp ‘Pirates’ Casting Petition Nears 400K Signatures

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Johnny Depp fans have lately been confronted with lots of negative news and outcomes for the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, but that doesn’t mean they are giving up the fight to bring him back to the Disney franchise. The petition to save Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow is continuing to grow at rapid speed.

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Johnny Depp had been locked in a libel case battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, during a stressful 16 days in 2020. Unfortablely for Depp and his fans, United Kingdom’s High Court ruled in favor of Amber Heard — leaving the Jack Sparrow actor guilty, according to law, of domestic violence and abuse.

As one may imagine, having someone who is criminally convicted of such claims such as domestic abuse typically does not bode well to employers, and that includes Disney. Back in November, rumors began to swirl that Disney was planning on removing Depp’s Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean 6, and fans quickly jumped to Johnny’s rescue.

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An online petition on Change.org was filed entitled, ‘We want JOHNNY DEPP back as CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW’ — which states the goal of the petition quite clearly. When we reported on the Johnny Depp petition originally, there were under 300,000 names on the petition, and the notion of Depp no longer playing Sparrow was just a rumor. Therefore, the Sparrow-saving petition was solely preventative at the point of its creation.

Now, we know that Disney officially no longer plans to use Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6, and the petition is picking up spark — but this time, with a cause.

Fans are beginning to once again Tweet out the Johnny Depp petition to save him as Captain Jack Sparrow, now that it is public knowledge that Disney is scrapping Sparrows return. The below Tweet from Ceasardragon99 (@XQlima) is only one of the many identical Tweets that will pop up when you search ‘Johnny Depp Petition’ on Twitter — and more keep coming in all over social media.

The Change.org petition is now just shy of 400,000 signatures, and with this momentum, will likely hit its goal of 500,000. The petition description pleads:

Johnny Depp has been out recently as Captain Jack Sparrow. One of the reasons is his personal issues as well.

He has been playing this role since 2003 when we first saw him arriving at the Port Royal in his boat with that epic background music playing.

But can you imagine someone else portraying this instead of him? Or no Jack Sparrow at all? 

Disney is rebooting Dead Men Tell No Tales because of its box office but don’t they know that without Johnny Depp or Jack Sparrow  they will sink, they will never be able to reach that horizon they are looking for. 

Even if it means nothing to you but please, sign this petition for the ones who REALLY want Johnny Depp as their Captain of the Black Pearl! 

They have to bring him back to rule the seas again or we will never watch any Pirates of the Caribbean movie without our Captain.

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Since Johnny Depp lost the libel case, he not only lost his role as Jack Sparrow but also was asked by Warner Bros. to step down from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. Mads Mikkelsen is currently set to take over Depp’s character in the Fantastic Beast franchise. As you can not only see from the petition but the endless amounts of Tweets that Depp fans are continuously posting that signify their allegiance to the actor — people are not giving up on Johnny. 

The love Depp fans have for his work on Pirates and many other films is so strong, that the hatred towards his ex-wife Amber Heard is only growing. A petition to drop Amber Heard from Aquaman 2 was boasting almost 2 million signatures months ago, right at the time that Depp was convicted of what he continues to deem as false claims.

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Coming into 2021, Depp has written his fans a letter of optimism which, in subtext, hints at Depp forgiving those who have wronged him and moving forward — however, with the petition once again gaining traction, it seems that fans are not yet ready to allow Jack Sparrow to go down with his ship.

What’s next for Pirates of the Caribbean? 

If Johnny Depp is not helming the franchise, may fans have been left wondering what is to happen with the storyline. The Pirates franchise is working on a female-led film that will take place in the world of Pirates of the Caribbean, but with a new cast.

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Margot Robbie has been deemed the new ‘Jack Sparrow’ as she will be the lead pirate of the film, much like Depp did when he was playing Sparrow. At the moment, we do not know much about Robbie’s character or the female-centric film aside from the fact that Margot is looking to her pirate to belong within the LGBT community.

Do you think that Johnny Depp should continue to play Jack Sparrow? Would you sign the petition to keep Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean? Let us know your thoughts on the controversy.

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