Our readers love Pirates of the Caribbean, and for good reason. The high-seas epic that has spanned five films has earned the Walt Disney Company over $4.5 billion in revenue and blessed audiences with one of the most iconic characters of all time, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. However, concerns are growing over the potential of a Pirates of the Caribbean 6 project as Disney has yet to release an official statement on the inclusion of Depp. Still, an exciting new update may offer a glimmer of hope on the horizon.
Rumors have swirled around deciphering exactly how Disney will move forward with its successful Pirates franchise. As many fans feel there is no Pirates of the Caribbean 6 without Johnny Depp and his must-have Captain Jack Sparrow character, Dinsey may not have a choice in the matter.
Well-publicized, Disney made the difficult yet speedy decision to fire Johnny Depp from any future Pirates work back in 2018 after a Washington Post expose by his now ex-wife Amber Heard accused the superstar actor of serious abuse.
Up until that point, Jack Sparrow was the big draw for the franchise. Not only did Captain Sparrow carry the ride-related tale on his shoulders, but through the span of five movies, he changed our idea of pirates and their lore.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sails Into Theatres
Heralded by famed screenwriter Ted Elliott, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl sailed into theaters in 2003. Set to an epic soundtrack by Klaus Badelt, the world got its first taste of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Despite massive earnings and the introduction of other amazing characters like Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), and Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), fast-forward fifteen years and the future of Pirates of the Caribbean would be dotted with a giant question mark.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean 6’ Isn’t Promised
We’ve extensively covered the possible future of Pirates of the Caribbean 6 and Johnny Depp. Whether it’s comments regarding a “weird” script by Craig Mazin, a potential spinoff for Disney+ highlighting popular characters introduced in On Stranger Tides (2011), or back story regarding old favorites like Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), if it’s been reported, we’ve written about it.
We’ve even discussed Johnny Depp’s future with Disney and Warner Bros., where he was also fired from his prominent role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise to ad nauseam. Despite recent news regarding a possible Pirates of the Caribbean 6 release date, nothing is set in stone at the moment.
Possible Opportunities for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 6’
With or without Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, there is a serious opportunity for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. As talks continue with Deadpool (2016) screenwriter Paul Wernick regarding a potential Margot Robbie feature for Pirates of the Caribbean 6, some new information has been leaked as of today, that might point the future in a new direction.
Although most weren’t super excited about carrying on the franchise without Depp, the idea of a female lead, especially one as polarizing as Margot Robbie, has been a reasonable rumor when it comes to how Disney will handle Pirates moving forward. However, thanks to Comic Book News, all of the talk surrounding the Barbie (2023) superstar may come to a screeching halt.
Brand New Information, Hot off the Presses
New information now suggests that a brand-new face may be taking over the lead role in Pirates of the Caribbean 6, and it isn’t Margot Robbie. According to Barbie herself, Disney backed out of the original idea featuring the Suicide Squad (2016) star, leaving the only semi-supported idea marooned.
“We had an idea, and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led—not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story—which we thought would’ve been really cool, but I guess they don’t want to do it,” Robbie said.
However, if rumors presented by Daniel RPK, a notable leaker on X, are true, it seems that this female-led approach might be back on, but with an exciting twist!
A New Face Enters the ‘Pirates’ Universe
According to Daniel, Disney will potentially move on with the new project. However, instead of Margot Robbie, they are eyeing a new name, one you may not know as well.
Ayo Edebiri, an up-and-coming Hollywood actress, could be the new face of Pirates of the Caribbean 6 moving forward. Although fans have been eagerly awaiting a return of the franchise since its 2017 Dead Men Tell No Tales, the potential news of Edebiri being the focal point of the films moving forward is a little shocking, especially if Disney can’t get Depp back on board.
However, Edebiri, although relatively unknown, is no stranger to big projects.
According to Comic Book News, “28-year-old Ayo Edebiri is known for Big Mouth (2017), Clone High (2002), The Bear (2023), and she recently provided the voice of April O’Neil in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) animated movie.”
Despite who’s carrying on the Pirates’ legacy, fans will have difficulty getting behind a film without Johnny Depp. However, if Disney can secure producer Jerry Bruckheimer, fans can rest assured that the new movie will at least be watchable.
As the world awaits news for the new Pirates of the Caribbean 6 film, we’ll continue bringing you every bit of information we get about a new movie or show.
At this point, although there’s no official word on the return of Depp, bringing in new blood like Ayo Edebiri feels like a gamble when approaching the idea of creating a new Pirates film, one Disney must try, however, if they are to continue the success of their swashbuckling franchise.