I love Johnny Depp; you love Johnny Depp; the entire world adores Johnny Depp. Despite his absence from film, Depp is still an A+ actor in Hollywood. Films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Alice in Wonderland (2010) have been a delight to witness over his long and illustrious career. Depp has given fans incredible performances, such as the beloved Captain Jack Sparrow and the Mad Hatter. Johnny Depp has undertaken a massive amount of work with Disney during his career, leading a highly successful franchise whose future remains in question.
As Depp is a highlighted topic of interest in the media, fans are undoubtedly aware of his highly publicized court case with now ex-wife Amber Heard. With allegations of abuse brought upon Johnny Depp leading up to the public spectacle that was his trial, Disney wasted little time dropping the actor from his most notable role as the swashbuckling leader of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This notably left a sour taste in the mouth of Depp and fans alike as Captain Jack Sparrow is one of the most successful characters Depp, or any actor, has ever created. Disney has toyed with the idea of recasting Depp. However, it would be impossible to entertain a new name associated with Captain Jack Sparrow.
The future of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies immediately came into question upon Disney’s overreactive firing of the A-list actor. Disney fired Depp shortly after the unconfirmed accusations were made by Amber Heard. Ideas began to bounced around, including taking the franchise in a new direction without Depp. In addition, Margot Robbie was rumored to take the lead in the franchise, giving Sparrows a female narrative instead. After Johnny Depp’s trial, many assumed Disney would apologize if Depp was found innocent and move on with the pirate films. However, Johnny Depp seemingly made it abundantly clear that he was not willing to work with Disney again by famously confirming Ben Rottenborn’s (Amber Heard’s attorney) question of if Depp would recast as Jack Sparrow if Disney offered him $300 million and a million alpacas.
Although it is a foregone conclusion that Depp will not step in front of the camera again for Disney, some close to him have suggested otherwise. People magazine has reported that a source close to Depp has stated that he would consider working with Disney again to include a potential Pirates of the Caribbean sequel. We realized this isn’t much to go on, but the same source also stated that Depp’s feelings towards Disney have “softened.” This could mean that Johnny Depp could be open to working with Disney again. “Anything is possible. If it’s the right project, he’ll do it.”
Depp was not only fired by Disney before his defamation hearing, but he was also let go from other companies. Warner Bros. Pictures also released Johnny Depp from his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series. Depp first appeared as the menacing wizard in 2016’s Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. That film was then followed by 2018’s Fantastic Beast: Crimes of Grindelwald. However, Warner Bros. Depp would be replaced with actor Mads Mikkelsen as Grindelwald in 2022 Fantastic Beast: Secrets of Dumbledore.
Johnny Depp has also been a constant in many Tim Burton productions. Sweeny Todd (2007) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) are a few that the two have teamed up for. There is no word if Depp is considering taking on any similar projects. Most recent news surrounding the actor focuses on his dealing with the death of close friend Jeff Beck. At the moment, Depp is focusing on his love for performing and playing music. However, it’s promising to hear that a source close to him thinks he may actually consider coming back to Disney.
Although this isn’t breaking news , it is a highlight in the saga of Johnny Depp’s stand-off with Disney. It is safe to presume if the actor worked with Disney again, it would be as Captain Jack Sparrow. This new piece of information may set light on the actual possibility of reprising the iconic character. If Depp is open to working with Disney again, it is almost certain Jack Sparrow would return. At least we hope!