Johnny Depp is known for many roles; one of the biggest is Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, the first film, was released in 2003. Disney was unsure of how the film would do, but it shattered at the box office and instantly found a cult following. Now, five films later, Pirates of the Caribbean is one of Disney’s most famous film franchises.
We now see a presence of the films in the parks with Depp’s Jack Sparrow, whether you are riding the attraction at Walt Disney World Resort and watching Sparrow pop out from a barrel, or you are at Disneyland Resort meeting the man himself, all renditions are highly popular, loved by fans, and above all — imitate the mannerisms that Johnny Depp created.
Depp has been taking some fire lately after his ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic abuse. Depp is currently fighting Heard’s claims in a legal battle that will not conclude until next spring for a whopping $150 million. Although Depp has not been proven guilty, he has two battles with U.K. tabloid The Sun, which sided with Heard and “defamed” Depp. Since then, Depp has lost multiple projects, including Pirates of the Caribbean.
Disney has officially booted their captain from the franchise, even though they have two films in development. This decision led to fan outrage, as many could not believe that Disney would out their star. Petitions and boycotts have been done in hopes to have Depp rejoin the franchise, but at the moment, nothing is certain. We do know that Margot Robbie will be helming the ship as a new captain in the female-led version of the film.
Now, it is being reported that Depp still wants back in. It was said that Depp is “still holding out hope that he’ll be invited back in some capacity, whether it’s a brief cameo or a larger supporting part.” Now, could this happen? We do know that Disney is still using the character of Jack Sparrow to profit from the franchise. A video game was just released with Sparrow helming the game. However, they did not use Depp’s voice. That being said, we can see that Disney cannot escape the character.
We also know that Sparrow has a robust Disney Park presence. Of course, it is not Depp playing Sparrow in the Parks, but they do use his voice and mannerisms, which have become symbiotic with Depp. We also need to consider what is happening in the legal battle. At the moment, Depp lost to a publication, but his real battle is with Heard. If he is proven innocent, there may be a chance Disney would want to work with him again. Disney typically pulls away when controversy gets too hot, as we have seen in the Scarlett Johansson suit, so it is not surprising that they let go of Depp, but if he is innocent, we could see a change in opinion.
Depp has also been struggling in his career, claiming that Hollywood has “boycotted” him. If Disney, a major company, were to take him back for another film, it would likely put him back in good graces with many in Hollywood. Disney holds such a strong influence in the entertainment industry, that if they approve of Depp, others may feel safe to do so as well.
At the moment, Depp has not discussed him he wants to return on the record, but we do see him actively impersonating the character at events. Disney has not noted that they are bringing Depp back, but for now, only time will tell if any changes could occur.
Do you think Disney will take Depp back?