Johnny Depp will not appear in the sixth episode of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. For financial reasons in particular, Disney decided to forego the services of whoever has been playing Jack Sparrow since 2003.
Pirates of the Caribbean 6 is in the works. We now know that the film will be shot without Johnny Depp, who is, however, firmly linked to the character of Jack Sparrow. “We want to bring new energy and vitality to the franchise,” said Sean Bailey (Walt Disney Production President) in The Hollywood Reporter. “We want to kick the anthill. I asked the authors that.” The production could specifically turn to a woman to play the lead role, a choice that effectively rules out Johnny Depp.
However, this choice would have reasons other than the mere renewal of the pirate film genre. If you shoot a Caribbean pirate without Johnny Depp, you can save an estimated $ 90 million. Add that the actor is going through a bad time. Since 2016, his ex-partner Amber Heard has accused him of domestic violence. The case is ongoing and the actor strongly denies these allegations. All of these elements combined could have caused Walt Disney not to address the actor.
Even so, his name will remain firmly linked to that of the pirate. “Jack Sparrow is his legacy,” said Stuart Beattie, screenwriter of the first film. “He’s the only character he’s played five times. It’s the costume he wears to visit children in hospitals. He will be remembered for that role.” (Belga / Belga)