In the words of Johnny Depp’s best-known franchise: “This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost canceled Captain Jack Sparrow.”
The embattled actor is rumored to be getting paid more than $300 million to return to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise after being unceremoniously dumped in 2018 amid abuse allegations by ex Amber Heard. In an interview with Australian outlet Poptopic, an alleged Disney source dropped the bombshell.
Johnny Depp will reportedly reprise his role as Jack Sparrow, the little leaking birdie told the Down Under entertainment website.
The 59-year-old star of “Donnie Brasco” had played the swashbuckling buccaneer in five films
Throughout the last 19 years, Depp starred in six Pirates movies, before Disney dropped him from the sixth and final installment in light of 36-year-old Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed defaming him as a domestic abuser. Consequently, the “Edward Scissorhands” icon lost out on a $22.5 million payday.
Nonetheless, following Depp’s highly publicized defamation suit win earlier this month, it appears that Disney could be willing to reinstate him in the iconic role.
Disney is keen on patching up its relationship with Johnny Depp, a source told Poptopic. “They reached out to the actor before his lawsuit against Amber Heard and asked whether he was interested in returning for another ‘Pirates’ film or two.”
A representative for Depp and Walt Disney Pictures has been contacted for comment.
As for Depp’s rumored comeback deal, it is reportedly worth $301 million and would see him “return as Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 6’ and in a spin-off Disney+ series based on his early years,” per the source.
“The studio has already drafted a script for a film about Jack Sparrow, so they are very hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and return as the iconic character,” the source claimed.
Following his defamation trial victory, an unnamed Disney executive hinted that the actor would wear Sparrow’s tricorn hat again.
An anonymous source in an interview with People magazine earlier this month said, “I think ‘Pirates’ is primed for a reboot with Johnny as Captain Jack on board.” “There’s just too much potential box-office treasure in such a beloved character deeply rooted in Disney culture,” they added.
His defamation case against Heard was settled for more than $10 million earlier this month. Heard was found liable in Fairfax, Virginia, for defaming Depp. Additionally, the jury found that one of Depp’s lawyers had defamed Heard, but only awarded her $2 million in damages.