This article has been updated since it was originally published to include the most recent status of the petition.
If there is one thing that the Johnny Depp controversy has proven to be true, it is that fans hold a lot more power than some may think! Once the allegations against Mr. Depp came out from ex-wife Amber Heard (Aquaman), Depp was locked in a libel case battle reading domestic abuse claims made in a U.K. tabloid newspaper calling him a “wife beater”, on top of a $150 million court case lawsuit between the ex-couple.
All of the negative press caused the Pirates actor to step down from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros. Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts 3. Mads Mikkelsen is currently set to take over Depp’s character in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. After that, Disney announced the Pirates of the Caribbean would carry on the franchise sans Mr. Depp, and that set off quite the storm for fans.
A Change.org petition came to fruition where fans were banning together to publicly show their support for Depp. The petition entitled “We want JOHNNY DEPP back as CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW” quickly gained traction with hundreds of thousands of supporters signing on.
The goal for the petition was 500,000 signatures, and now, that petition has surpassed that. The petition has even set a new goal for itself, which is to hit 1,000,000 signatures and considering Johnny Depp’s dedicated fanbase, the number is quite realistic.
Thepetition 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.
We previously reported that there were rumors which suggested that Disney was back on board with Depp, and wanted Captain Jack Sparrow to reprise his role in the franchise after seeing the immense support for the actor on the petition. That being said, that is currently still a rumor, and Disney has not publicly announced any return for Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean 6. That film will actually take place in the same world as the previous films, but with a new female-driven cast including Margot Robbie stepping in as the new head pirate.
All of this being said, it is clear that Pirates of the Caribbean fans do not want a franchise that does not include Depp’s Jack Sparrow. Guests of the Disney Parks have even heavily spoken out about keeping Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions. It seems that whether it’s on-screen or in-person, the vast majority of both Disney and Pirates of the Caribbean fans alike feel it would be a detriment to the franchise and storyline to exclude the actor and character.
For now, however, although Depp does not seem to currently be confirmed to reenter the Pirates franchise through film, Disney has not given any indication that the Depp-inspired Jack Sparrow animatronic will be removed from the theme park attractions or that the character will no longer appear at the parks.
Stay tuned to Inside the Magic as we continue to give you the most up-to-date information on Johnny Depp’s involvement with Disney and Pirates of the Caribbean.
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