Johnny Depp’s future in Pirates of the Caribbean 6 remains uncertain. With all the legal issues he’s facing against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, people behind the film franchise seem to have no idea what to do with his character.
Bruckheimer admitted that he, too, isn’t sure if the 56-year-old actor can reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
“The one we’re developing right now, we’re not sure quite what Johnny’s role is going to be,” he told Collider. “So, we’re going to have to see.”
However, he revealed that the next installment is now in the works, unveiling that they’re working on it right now. “We’re working on a draft right now,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll get it shortly and give it to Disney, and hopefully they’ll like it.”
Bruckheimer himself couldn’t confirm Jonny Depp’s status on Pirates of the Caribbean 6. “We don’t know,” he added. “We’ve been working on it for a little bit.”
Amber Heard’s ex-husband debuted as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It was a massive hit. So, he returned in Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides, and Dead Men Tell No Tales.
According to NME, Bruckheimer was behind all these films. Now, for the sixth installment, a new script is currently being written.
Johnny plays a vital role in the movie series. He has led all the first five film installments, which earned a combined total of $4.5 billion, Yahoo! Noted. He also earned a Best Actor nomination for The Curse Of The Black Pearl in 2003.
However, his life turned 360 degrees after Amber Heard accused him of physically and verbally abusing her throughout their relationship. They agreed for a settlement in August 2016 and officially divorced in January 2017, but their legal disputes continue.
Meanwhile, Bruckheimer is looking forward to the coming of Pirates of the Caribbean 6. But, there are claims that the next installment will be a reboot and may feature a new lead.
There are rumors Karen Gillan may take the lead role, replacing Johnny Depp. Anyhow, fans should only take this assumption with a grain of salt as Walt Disney has yet to comment about the issue.
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