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Johnny Depp has had a tumultuous couple of years. The actor is currently in the midst of a defamation trial where he is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million. Heard previously made accusations of assault and domestic abuse in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Whilst Heard didn’t mention Depp by name, the op-ed followed the ex-couple’s marriage between 2015 and 2017.
Depp now asserts that the fallout from the allegations, which he maintains are false, has cost him both his career and reputation. Major franchises have dropped the actor, including the recently released Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, and Depp is no longer scheduled to appear in the upcoming sixth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but it appears that Depp had no plans to return to the iconic role of Jack Sparrow anyway.
In the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Depp was previously replaced by Mads Mikkelsen. Take a look at Mikkelsen in action as Grindelwald below.
During a cross-examination, Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn insinuated that Depp’s exit from the franchise was in fact his choice and not Disney’s … and he doesn’t sound wrong.
Rottenborn asked if it was true that “nothing on this earth” would convince Depp to return to the franchise. “The fact is, Mr. Depp, If Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film, correct?”
To this, Depp simply responded, “That is true Mr. Rottenborn.” According to the franchises latest director Joachim Rønning, Pirates of the Caribbean 6 has a script - and the previous entry Dead Men Tell No Tales teased the return of villain Davy Jones in a post-credits scene, hinting at what we could expect from a sixth film. With Depp unlikely to return though, it’s up in the air as to who is going to take over the helm of this ship.
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