Seems like neither Johnny Depp and nor Pirates of the Caribbean can catch a break. The popular franchise’s sixth installment has hit a bump again. Read on to know more.
When a successful movie franchise rests on the back of its lead, chances are you can’t escape the attention that comes with it.
- Johnny Depp is suing The Sun
- Pirates of the Caribbean hits a bump, yet again
- Part 6 is coming soon — with or without Depp
Johnny Depp has steered himself into a very public battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard. The sixth part of Pirates of the Caribbean is like the child in-between them, set up for collateral damage as the result of its parents’ very messy divorce.
After months of back and forth, there was finally some positive affirmation that Depp was set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. But recent events have once again rocked the ship and this time, there might be no going back.
Johnny Depp sues The Sun
If you’re following the on-going divorce battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, you are aware that both actors have made allegations of domestic violence.
These allegations are yet to be proved but British newspaper The Sun referred to Depp as a “wife-beater” in an article published in 2018. Depp not only strongly denied these allegations, but also sued the newspaper and its executive editor Dan Wootton for slander.
The Oscar-nominated actor further went on to say that it was not him but Heard who was the abusive one in the marriage and would go to any heights to destroy his image publicly.
Pirates of the Caribbean hits a bump again
After Depp’s friends, colleagues, and ex-partners publicly backed the actor, claiming that he was nothing short of a gentleman, Depp’s image began to improve in the public eye. Not only that, a petition to recast him as Jack Sparrow was started online, reports of Disney officials reconsidering the choice to recast him started doing the rounds online.
What we cannot forget is that it was ultimately Depp who made Pirates of the Caribbean the fourth biggest franchise of all time. It was him and his unique acting style and charisma (let’s not forget the accent) which brought in revenue worth $4.5 billion over 15 years.
The sixth instalment is coming — with or without Depp
Part 6 of the popular franchise is rumoured to hit the screens in 2021. Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are heading the scripting process, which is likely to be completed this year.
Depp’s return might not take into consideration the recent lawsuit as far as his public image is confirmed. What they can’t ignore is that trials and acting schedules don’t often mix together, and both come at a hefty price of their own. Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom are set to reprise their roles as Elizabeth Swannes and Brenton Thwaites. But while both of them are important pillars of the franchise, they aren’t the firm base that the series thrives on. That mantle only belongs to Johnny Depp.
Also, let’s not forget, a petition with over 199,000 signatures is currently available online, so Disney might just bring Depp back anyway.
Also, let’s nor forget, a petition with over 199,000 signatures is currently available online, so Disney might just bring Depp back anyway.
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