It’s a tough time to be a Pirates of the Caribbean fan. Not only is the Walt Disney World classic ride starting to fall apart, but the future of the beloved film franchise is entirely up in the air. Desperate fan speculation has shown an audience desire for A-list actor Johnny Depp to return to his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow, but most sources seem to suggest he is not interested in returning to work with Disney. However, a surprising Johnny Depp replacement may just revitalize the Pirates franchise.
No, unfortunately (or fortunately), I’m not referring to the female-driven reboot proposed by Barbie (2023) star Margot Robbie. The latest news shows that plan was squashed by Disney’s desire to continue with a sixth Pirates film, continuing the established saga, even though the script is reportedly pretty odd. While this information keeps hope alive for many Johnny Depp fans, most agree the professional fallout from his libel case with ex-wife Amber Heard is insurmountable.
You may recall Disney’s active distancing from Depp during this time and Warner Bros’ decision to completely drop him from JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts franchise in which he starred as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Actor Mads Mikkelsen, who just starred in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, took over the Gellert Grindelwald role for the next Fantastic Beasts film, but he won’t be sailing the high seas anytime soon.
The famous face who proved he has the stuff to take over for Jack Sparrow is arguably even more recognizable than Johnny Depp himself – none other than the iconic Mickey Mouse! HEY. Before you write this off, you have to consider an Instagram video that is delighting social media, courtesy of Ordinary Adventurer.
The video in question shows Disney star Mickey Mouse absolutely captivating audiences in a show aboard Disney Cruise Line’s ship, the Disney Magic. Dressed in a long coat and brown pants, Mickey Mouse hangs on a rig above the crowded deck and literally ZIP LINES across as the epic Pirates of the Caribbean theme music plays in the background, WITH coordinated fireworks, obviously.
As he sails through the air, he moves to the drums and conducts the soundtrack a bit. Clearly, Mickey Mouse knows his way around the spotlight! He says, “Well, folks, I promised you a party, so here’s a party in the sky!” Cue fireworks. The crowd goes wild. Safely lowered to the ground, Mickey is joined by a pirate crew that includes Cast Members, Minnie Mouse, Chip and Dale, and even Peter Pan’s Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.
All this is a part of Disney Cruise Line’s “Party Like a Pirate” on select itineraries, where Guests can “eat, dance, and be merry at a buccaneer bash fit for a pirate.” It includes food, a deck party with shows, games, and characters, as well as the fireworks show! Take a look at this spectacular showing below – it’s basically Mickey Mouse’s Pirates audition tape! Oh boy, me hearties, yo-ho!
A Pirates of the Caribbean reboot starring Mickey Mouse would certainly be a very *specific* type of reboot, but at this point, it feels like almost anything could happen.
Do you think Mickey Mouse could actually somehow show up in the next installment of the Pirates franchise? Okay, Okay! We get that Mickey doesn’t exactly have the right vibe…who do you think would be the right Johnny Depp replacement then??