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Johnny Depp Accepts Surprising Role After Trial

The American actor Johnny Depp might be a source of controversy for many Disney fans after the defamation trial involving Amber Heard and the Washington Post, but the Finding Neverland actor is returning to work as usual after the trial’s tentative conclusion — and Depp is not just returning to work: the actor is returning to work in a position that he has not held since 1997!

For the first time in over 20 years, Johnny Depp is taking the helm of a full-length feature film as a director. Johnny Depp will be working alongside both Barry Navidi and Depp’s longtime pal, well-known actor Al Pacino, to produce the new movie Modi. Modi is a film that will focus on Amedeo Modigliani, an Italian painter and sculptor.

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The defamation trial involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, as well as Heard’s Washington Post op-ed, was a huge source of controversy in 2022. Credit: ABC

Johnny Depp is best known by many Disney fans for his role as the swashbuckling and comical pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Depp’s character Captain Jack Sparrow became a fan favorite, and the Pirates of the Caribbean films that have not included Depp’s character have not done nearly as well with audiences as the Jack Sparrow films did.

Johnny Depp did say that he was not interested in returning to his pirate role, even if an exorbitant amount of money was offered by Disney, but many fans are still signing petitions in the hopes that the actor will change his mind and that Disney will try to make amends with the celebrity.

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Johnny Depp is best known by many Disney fans for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, although he has also starred in several Tim Burton projects. The actor has dealt with scandal and controversy recently due to the defamation trial involving Amber Heard. The Depp vs Heard trial has been making headlines for weeks in 2022.

Even though, for now, Johnny Depp is not coming back to Disney work, the actor seems to be carrying on with his life after the time-consuming Depp vs Heard trial. Directing a feature film for the first time since 1997 certainly seems to suggest that the actor is not allowing the trial and its associated controversies to control his career any longer.

Johnny Depp has also signed on to act in multiple other projects, and the actor is continuing to represent the Dior cologne Sauvage after many years of working with the brand.

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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner. Depp has dealt with scandal and controversy recently due to the defamation trial involving Amber Heard and the Washington Post op-ed by Head. The Depp vs Heard trial has been making headlines for weeks in 2022. Credit: Disney

The last movie that Johnny Depp directed in 1997 was called The Brave; the film starred both Johnny Depp himself and A Streetcar Named Desire actor Marlon Brando. In the upsetting movie, Johnny Depp played a struggling Native American man who agreed to sacrifice his life for a snuff film, while Marlon Brando played the film’s producer. The movie received negative reviews.

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Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann and Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl’ Credit: Pinterest

Are you planning on supporting Johnny Depp’s work by watching his new films despite the Amber Heard trial, including Modi (which will begin filming in Europe next year), or have you grown tired of the actor’s non-Disney roles now that Depp is no longer playing Captain Jack Sparrow and now that a replacement seems to be on the way?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!