Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer is still playing coy on whether Johnny Depp is expected to return for the next movie in the franchise, or if Disney is sailing into the seven seas without Captain Jack Sparrow.
The studio’s plan for the next Pirates of the Caribbean is shrouded in mystery and various reports have claimed a new female lead could fill the void left behind by Depp. The latest update on Pirates of the Caribbean 6 suggested the studio was seeking Marvel Cinematic Universe star Karen Gillan to lead the next era. Elsewhere, rumors swirl that Depp will be back as Jack Sparrow in some capacity.
Bruckheimer response when questioned on the matter by Collider was, “The one we’re developing right now, we’re not sure quite what Johnny’s role is going to be… So, we’re going to have to see.”
Since 2003 Depp has been the de facto lead of Disney’s nautical franchise. He last played Captain Jack Sparrow for 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The fifth movie continued the success of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Days after a six-year hiatus and took the series in a new direction.
Depp was originally expected to sign on for a possible sixth outing. Dead Men Tell No Tales‘ Kaya Scodelario said she was contracted to return, and the post-credits scene set up the potential return of Kiera Knightly and Orlando Bloom.
Although Disney was told it could save up to $90 million dollars by not having Depp in the next entry, there have been continued reports of his involvement. Ultimately, Bruckheimer’s words don’t make it any clearer on whether the story will again focus on the swashbuckling Jack Sparrow, if someone else will take his place, or if Depp will appear at all.
Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer has discussed Johnny Depp's future with the franchise and if Captain Jack Sparrow will return.