Disney Fires Johnny Depp, Sells NEW Jack Sparrow Merchandise

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Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

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Johnny Depp is no longer Jack Sparrow, but Disney Parks is still selling merchandise featuring the actor’s likeness. Now, a brand new pin featuring Captain Jack Sparrow is for sale at Disneyland.

Johnny Deppa as Jack Sparrow
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Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is undoubtedly one of the most iconic film series of the 21st century, and saying that a new actor would helm the series is like saying Michael J. Fox isn’t allowed to return as Marty McFly for a further Back to the Future (1985) movie.

Fans’ worst nightmares have come true as Pirates franchise creator Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that they’re actively “developing a script” for Margot Robbie to replace Depp:

Jerry Bruckheimer confirms that they are developing a script for a ‘PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN’ film, starring Margot Robbie.

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While speaking with The Sunday Times, Bruckheimer confirmed that they’re actively working on two Pirates 6 scripts; one with actress Margot Robbie and one without. When asked if Captain Jack Sparrow would return, Bruckheimer responded:

Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided.

Pirates franchise creator Jerry Bruckheimer, who’s been with Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack character since the beginning, just confirmed that “they are developing a script” for Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street, Birds of Prey).

Captain Jack Sparrow pins
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At the beginning of May, Disney Parks Guests visiting the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, discovered an eye-opening and must-have Jack Sparrow official trading pin featuring blacklisted actor Jonny Depp.

Though The Walt Disney Company refused to work with Depp in future Pirates projects and kept the likeness of  Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow in the famous Pirates of the Caribbean attractions, the Mouse House released a new piece of Jack Sparrow merchandise.

Captain Jack Sparrow pins
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Johnny Depp also stated during the historic defamation court hearings against ex-wife Amber Heard in Fairfax, Virginia, how Disney continues to sell merchandise with his Jack Sparrow likeness while turning their backs on the actor:

“They didn’t remove my character from the rides. They didn’t stop selling dolls of Captain Jack Sparrow. They didn’t stop selling anything. They just didn’t want there to be something trailing behind me that they’d find.”

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow
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These new pins were found at Disneyland Park’s Little Green Men Store Command in Tomorrowland and at Humphrey’s Service and Supplies across from Soarin’ Across the World at Disney California Adventure Park, costing $9.99 plus tax.

While Magic Key Holders (previously Annual Passholders) are thrilled to add this Pirates of the Caribbean pin to their collections, fans are confused on why Disney continues to sell merchandise with Jack Sparrow but chooses not to bring back the iconic actor.

Captain Jack Sparrow animatronic at Disney Parks
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While it’s not confirmed how Margot Robbie will reboot the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it’s clear that she’s the new Jack Sparrow-like figure while not inherently taking over the role entirely.

Or, Disney may even make Jack Sparrow a female in a retcon of the first five films starring Orlando Bloom (William Turner), Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swan), Geoffrey Rush (Captain Hector Barbosa), Jack Davenport (James Norrington), Kevin McNally (Joshamee Gibbs), Mackenzie Crook (Ragetti), Lee Arenberg (Pintel), and Naomie Harris (Tia Dalma).

gibbs (left) and jack sparrow (right) in pirates of the caribbean
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Following the bombshells of ex-wife Amber Heard alleging that legendary actor Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd, Edward Scissorhands) physically assaulted the Aquaman (2018) actress numerous times throughout their rocky marriage, as well as alleging Depp as a “wife-beater,” resulted in Hollywood blacklisting Depp.

jack sparrow animatronic with johnny depp
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Virtually overnight, Johhny Depp became the actual Public Enemies (2009), losing all credibility for his Willy Wonka (2005) and Ed Wood (1994) work. The Walt Disney Company reportedly turned its back on their beloved Captain Jack Sparrow before Johnny Depp could publicly defend his name. Heard’s Op-Ed with The Sun also cost Depp his role in The Fantastic Beasts franchise as Gellert Grindelwald to Mads Mikkelsen.

Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow (L) and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner (R)
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News and rumors of Margot Robbie taking over the Pirates franchise have been floating around for over two years, but having Jerry Bruckheimer state that Depp is officially out of the picture is the end of the line for many Disney fans.

Would you buy this pin to support Johnny Depp? Should Depp have been fired? Comment below!

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