Petition to keep Johnny Depp in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' crosses 600K signatures
The petition to get Johnny Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise is nearing its goal of 1 million signatures, giving supporters hope. For the uninitiated, the actor's absence from the legendary film series was announced in 2018 owing to charges of domestic violence by his ex-wife Amber Heard, despite the actor's denial of all allegations.
In addition, Depp's contract with Warner Bros for the 'Fantastic Beasts' series, in which he played Gellert Grindelwald, was terminated. When it was reported that Johnny Depp will not be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, fans started a petition on Change.org to bring him back. The aim was to collect one million signatures. The petition currently has 663,689 signatures to be exact.
“Johnny Depp has been out recently as Captain Jack Sparrow. We don't really know the real reason though. He has been playing this role since 2003 when we first saw him arriving at the Port Royal in his boat with that epic background music playing. But can you imagine no Jack Sparrow at all? No epic entry scores, no humorous dialogues and the guy with the most good and bad luck at the same time?” reads the petition asking the actor to return to the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film series.
“Don't they know that without Johnny Depp or Jack Sparrow they will sink, they will never be able to reach that horizon. Even if it means nothing to you but please, sign this petition for the ones who REALLY want Johnny Depp as their Captain of the Black Pearl! They have to bring him back to rule the seas again, UNLESS it is actor's own choice to withdraw from the role,” the petition concludes.
It was previously rumoured that the company intends to cast Orlando Bloom as Will Turner in the next flicks. Depp also discussed how he believes Hollywood is boycotting him. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Depp discussed how the legal battles with Amber Heard have impacted his film 'Minamata'. The star added, “Some films touch people. And this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things. And for anything… For Hollywood’s boycott of me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years?”