Bailey said, "We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants... what I've tasked them with".
Dropping Depp seems like a calculated risk since Disney plans to milk an old franchise with fresh elements.
However, dropping Depp might have been the smart move considering the backlash Fantastic Beastsfranchise received for casting Depp as Grindelwald, following charges of domestic abuse against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Notably, Disney's move keeps them safe from controversy and lets them experiment with their popular franchise.