Johnny Depp has stated that he has no plans to work with Disney on a sequel to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp stated Disney wants to “break connections” with him in the recent Amber Heard defamation case trial, telling the judge that he would turn down the studio if asked to return to Pirates of the Caribbean 6, even if offered “$300 million.”
As his cross-examination in a Virginia courtroom began on Wednesday, Johnny Depp said that Disney was already leery of working with him before his ex-wife Amber Heard wrote an op-ed in December 2018 referring to her abuse claims. Depp alleges that Heard ruined his career by publishing the piece and is suing her for $50 million, claiming that her assertions are false. Depp claimed that Disney pulled him from the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film days after the story was published when questioned by his lawyer.
Following Disney’s decision to remove Johnny Depp from the sixth film, Depp’s fans are outraged, and many have stated that they will not watch any future Pirates of the Caribbean films without him.
Johnny Depp’s legendary antihero Captain Jack Sparrow was last seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, released in 2017. In the past four instalments of Pirates of the Caribbean, he reprised his role.
After Johnny Depp departed from Pirates of the Caribbean 6, a petition named “We want JOHNNY DEPP back as CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW” was started on Change.org, requesting Disney to rethink Johnny Depp’s return.