Actor Johnny Depp was allegedly blocked as Captain Jack Sparrow by Disney from making a return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Earlier this year after The Sun released an article in 2018 that referred to him as a “wife-beater” because of his ex-wife Amber Heard’s harassment claims, which he firmly denies, the 57-year-old lost his libel case against News Group Newspapers.
But Disney distanced himself from Depp, according to sources right before he lost his case.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the famous brand allegedly “balked” at the proposal of the film’s executive producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, to bring Depp back for a cameo in the new spin-off.
In all five of the Pirates of the Caribbean films released so far between 2006 and 2017, the Hollywood star played Captain Jack Sparrow.
Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie is believed to be heading the new creativity.
And it is claimed that Disney believed that Depp making a cameo could harm their friendly image of the family.
Depp revealed in November that he had moved away from the Fantastic Beasts movies after being asked to move away.
On Instagram, he posted a post that read: “I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.”
The actor’s fans soon requested that he be recalled, with thousands signing a petition from Change.org asking Warner Bros to put him back as the magic villain.
And in the upcoming Caribbean Pirates film, people have been lobbying to get him back too.
A petition was signed by more than 350,000 people asking him to come back as Captain Jack Sparrow.
It read: “They have to take him back to rule the seas again or we’ll never watch any Pirates of the Caribbean movie without our Captain.”
Mr. Justice Nicol ruled back in November that The Sun had proven that what they had written was “substantially true” to the civil standard.
The judge ruled that 12 of the 14 alleged violent acts against Amber Heard, on which News Group Newspapers had relied in their defense, occurred.
Depp did, however, announce his plans to appeal to the Court of Appeal.