Disney is producing a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and it now appears that Johnny Depp could be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
The 56-year-old actor and mainstay of the movie franchise seemed to fall out of favor with Disney executives, but We Got This Covered reported on Sunday that he may well be back now.
Johnny Depp’s now-iconic character of Jack Sparrow first burst onto our screens in 2003’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl.
He would then reprise the role four times as the movies became one of Disney’s most successful franchises.
Disney had previously distanced themselves from Johnny Depp
Disney appeared to distance themselves from the Hollywood star in recent years after abuse allegations were made against Depp by his now ex-wife Amber Heard.
Photos were published showing bruises on Heard’s face, which she claimed were caused by Depp flinging a cellphone at her.
Depp denied the allegations, but as one of the world’s wealthiest stars, he agreed to give Heard $5 million in an out of court settlement. It seemed to be enough to have the studio decide that the franchise didn’t need Johnny anymore.
Disney’s film production chief Sean Bailey stated that they would be moving in a new direction, one that would have a Jack Sparrow shaped hole in it.
However, We Got This Covered has suggested that Johnny Depp has got some fans at the House of Mouse, with some executives arguing that the sixth installment does require a role for Jack Sparrow.
This coincides with some shocking revelations in the Depp/Heard divorce case, which portrayed Depp in a more favorable light.
Heard has been accused of acting abusively towards her ex-husband, including defecating on his bed and punching him for being late.
It also emerged that Heard had thrown bottles at Depp, injuring his finger. Depp has also been enjoying a recent surge in support from the public.
What happens in Pirates of the Caribbean 6?
Well, the script is still in production, so we will have to wait a bit longer to find out what happens in the new chapter.
We do know that the Chernobyl screenwriter Craig Mazin and Pirates veteran Ted Elliot are putting their heads together to come up with a script.
It is also thought that Disney wants a strong female lead so we can perhaps expect Captain Sparrow to take on a more supportive role in the next high seas adventure, possibly similar to his storyline in The Curse of the Black Pearl.
We eagerly await the trailer for the sixth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean.