He will no longer play Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean
Disney’s production chief, Sean Bailey, confirmed the rumors during an interview with The Hollywood Press reporter.
When asked how the series will cope without Depp, Bailey did not reject his omission, rather referencing the requirement for ‘new energy’.
He stated: “We want to generate brand-new energy and vigor. I love the [Pirates] films, but part of the factor Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we wish to give it a kick in the trousers. And that’s what I’ve entrusted them with.”
The Paul and Rhett he mentions are Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who composed superhero movie, Deadpool.
Depp starred in 5 movies Pirates of the Caribbean across 14 years. The films grossed more than $4.5 billion (₤ 3.56 billion), making the series the 12th greatest franchise in history.
The star came under the spotlight in 2016 after his ex-wife, Amber Heard, declared he locally abused her. Depp rejected the claims and the case was settled in the very same year.
Rumours Depp had been dropped from Pirates of the Caribbean first distributed after Stuart Beattie, a scriptwriter for the movies, referenced his ‘excellent run’ throughout a red carpet interview in October.
Talking to the Daily Mail TV, he stated: “I believe he’s had a great run. Undoubtedly, he’s made that character his own and it’s ended up being the character he’s most famous for now.
” And kids all over the world love him as that character so I believe it’s been great for him, it’s been great for us, so I’m simply very, really happy about it.
” I think Jack Sparrow will be his legacy. It’s the only character he’s played 5 times, it’s the character he dresses up in to check out kids in hospitals, it’s what he’ll be kept in mind for.
” Before Jack Sparrow came along, Depp was considered this kind of wacky, independent star that made these really cool little Tim Burton movies, however, he was by no indicates a movie star and a lot of people thought we were insane for casting him at the time.
” Because he wasn’t a proven commodity; you know, a huge film star. And we were making a big film and we were putting this eccentric, independent star in the middle of it and individuals believed we were crazy. The truth that it worked is a miracle.
” They were definitely nervously watching the rushes every day however when everything came together, something simply clicked and it was magic and connected with audiences. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Whether the series will work without his renowned portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow stays to be seen.