News that has probably seemed inevitable to Pirates of the Caribbean fans has come to light: producer Jerry Bruckheimer has indicated in a recent interview that Captain Jack Sparrow will be replaced.
When asked if Johnny Depp would return as Captain Jack Sparrow in an upcoming Pirates movie, Jerry Bruckheimer simply said, “Not at this point”.
Bruckheimer did add that “the future is yet to be decided”, but many fans will interpret his initial response and the potential new Margot Robbie Pirates spinoff as a sign that audiences have indeed seen the last of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Pirates fans who might have been at least hoping for a spinoff starring Margot Robbie and Johnny Depp together (with her in a new pirate role and him in his usual Captain Jack Sparrow role) will also be disappointed. Apparently, Disney and Bruckheimer are focusing on one or the other, not both. There is one screenplay in progress for a movie starring Margot Robbie, and one for a movie without her.
Margot Robbie herself has yet to confirm her role; the Birds of Prey and Suicide Squad actress said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that the role was just a possibility. “It’s early days,” she added. “I shan’t say no more… for now”.
Johnny Depp, however, has been less vague. The Fantastic Beasts actor stated emphatically in court during his ongoing defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard that he was not interested in coming back for his role, not even for huge sums of money. Depp did express disappointment about his character’s interrupted adventures, but otherwise was clear about his lack of interest. That hasn’t stopped Pirates of the Caribbean fans from signing petitions for his return as Captain Jack Sparrow, however.
Do you like the idea of more Pirates of the Caribbean films in the franchise, with or without Johnny Depp’s famous character Captain Jack Sparrow?