Jack Sparrow 2.0? Producer Jerry Bruckheimer wants Johnny Depp in next 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean' producer recently Jerry Bruckheimer doubled down on his fondness for Johnny Depp as he expressed his desire to see him again in the franchise. The 59-year-old actor, who first portrayed the iconic role of Jack Sparrow in 2003’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’, was sacked from the franchise after his ex-girlfriend Amber Heard accused him of domestic abuse.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise is currently gearing up for its sixth venture without Depp, despite reports claiming that his name has been spotted on a call sheet. However, if thing were up to Bruckheimer, Depp would have returned to reprise his character, according to Screenrant. In a recent interview with Deadline, Bruckheimer was questioned about the prospect of a comeback for Depp, to which he replied, “He’s just so good at what he does and actors recover from things like this.”
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'I would love to have him in the movie'
The producer continued by singing Depp’s praises as he said “Johnny is a good individual and he’s a caring individual. He’s somebody that you can rely on and he’s just terrific. I think Johnny is an utter friend and an amazing artist and, again, you go through things in life you wish you hadn’t, but he’s still a talented artist." Bruckheimer has stated in the past that he would "love" to have Depp return to the role.
In 2022, when The Hollywood Reporter questioned Bruckheimer about whether Disney would bring Depp back, he responded, "You'd have to ask them. I can’t answer that question. I really don’t know. I would love to have him in the movie. He’s a friend, a terrific actor and, unfortunately, personal lives creep into everything we do." Ladbible reported. The “Top Gun: Maverick” producer is one of the many Hollywood celebrities who supported Depp during his high-profile legal battle against his former lover Amber Heard.
'This is made up'
Depp and Heard, 36, were embroiled in a $50 million defamation lawsuit after she penned an op-ed for the Washington Post in 2018, claiming to be a victim of domestic abuse. The article did not name Depp but Depp's legal team argued that it implied Depp was the abuser and that this damaged their client's acting career. The high-profile case ended last year, with Depp winning the $50 million suit.
Following the verdict, reports claiming that Depp would return to the 'Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, started making the rounds in the industry. But a representative for Depp shot down the rumors, saying "This is made up." Depp also made it very clear during the defamation trial that he would not be making a return to Disney.