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Margot Robbie is rumored to be replacing Johnny Depp's character by playing a new pirate protagonist in the next Pirates of the Caribbean film.

Jack Sparrow’s Replacement Gets Closer, According to Jerry Bruckheimer

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”.

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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

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.

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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner. Credit: Disney

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.

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Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl’ Credit: Disney

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?

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