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23 Dec 2018

Johnny Depp officially dropped from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise

What had long been rumored has finally been confirmed - fan-favorite actor Johnny Depp has been dropped from the role of Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

In all probability, the franchise is heading for a reboot and the character of Jack Sparrow might be dropped completely, as Disney's executive confirmed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Here's more.

In context

Johnny Depp dropped from 'Pirates of the Caribbean'

Confirmation

Production chief confirms the rumors

Sean Bailey, the studio's production chief confirmed the rumors during the interview.

When speaking about the reboot, which will be written by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, he was asked whether the series would survive without Depp.

Bailey replied about wanting to bring in new energy, and said the screenwriters came on board to give the franchise a 'kick in the pants'.

An energetic new reboot is Bailey's hope

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".

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New character

New pirate, new direction for the franchise?

While it will be strange to not see Depp's face as Sparrow on the posters for the upcoming film, the franchise has its eyes set on a new character.

Although rumored now, the new protagonist could be Redd, a female pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.

Notably, the first film also took inspiration from this ride, by introducing skeleton pirates.

Opinion

Is Disney's move a calculated risk?

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 Beasts franchise 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.

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Will Johnny Depp not have any role in the upcoming movie?

Will the franchise be successful without Sparrow?

Will other recurring characters be present like Orlando Bloom?

Was Johnny Depp dropped because of the domestic abuse allegations?

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Will Johnny Depp not have any role in the upcoming movie?

Asked on 23-12-2018 by Charvi Sen

Answered by NewsBytes

Since Depp has been dropped from the franchise, it seems unlikely the movie will follow Jack Sparrow's adventures any more. However, expect references to Sparrow now and then to keep audience interest alive.

Will the franchise be successful without Sparrow?

Asked on 23-12-2018 by Hansika Bose

Answered by NewsBytes

While US markets are truly dicey and might swing either way, I do not hold high hopes for international market collections in absence of the favorite rogue pirate, Jack Sparrow.

Will other recurring characters be present like Orlando Bloom?

Asked on 23-12-2018 by Abhinav Jain

Answered by NewsBytes

Other recurring characters might well be present, or Disney could overhaul the entire thing and give us a completely different cast.

Was Johnny Depp dropped because of the domestic abuse allegations?

Asked on 23-12-2018 by Amit Malhotra

Answered by NewsBytes

While Disney is saying that he was dropped for the franchise to take a new direction, it is entirely possible the shadow of controversy from the domestic abuse allegations motivated them to sever ties with the actor.

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