The battles between former husband and wife Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has been long, exhausting, and depressing, with both alleging abuse of various kinds from the other. Recently, a court ruled that it was okay that Depp was called a “wife-beater” in the British tabloid The Sun, a result that fired Johnny Depp from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. While there has been fan outrage calling for the firing of Heard from Aquaman 2, the petitions have fallen on deaf ears. Yet Heard might have the ultimate checkmate if a new rumor is to be believed which could put Heard in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
We Got This Covered is reporting that entertainment gossip writer Daniel Richtman states Amber Heard has spoken to Margot Robbie about possibly appearing in her Pirates of the Caribbean spinoff series. While Richtman doesn’t say who his sources are, or how far Heard has gotten into this process, Heard’s casting would be a hilarious middle finger to her ex-husband.
While it’s unclear what the new Margot Robbie-leading Pirates of the Caribbean film will be about, Disney has hired Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson for the project as well. Teaming these two up makes it seem likely Disney is looking for a female-centered Pirates spinoff with a gang of new pirates. Amber Heard as one of these pirates wouldn’t be a bad idea, and it would certainly be a funny choice, especially when it seems like Johnny Depp is currently not involved with the eventual Pirates of the Caribbean 6.
Yet this rumor could also have been nothing more than a sly joke between Margot Robbie and Amber Heard at some point, rather than an actual piece of potential casting news. Also, if Disney doesn’t want Johnny Depp in their Pirates of the Caribbean franchise going forward, so the audience doesn’t think about his various allegations during the film. It seems like hiring his ex-wife in a Pirates film would still remind the audience of why they’re not seeing Depp in the Pirates franchise anymore still.
But Amber Heard might also be too busy to take on another major role in another franchise. Not only will Heard be appearing in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which will be coming to HBO Max in 2021, she’ll also be reprising her role as Mera in Aquaman 2, which is currently scheduled for a 2022 release. There have also been rumors for months now that as one of DC’s only major female heroes, Mera might be getting her own DC spinoff, although DC has yet to confirm these rumors. Heard can next be seen next month in CBS All Access’s miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, which will start airing on December 17.
As fun as Amber Heard appearing in Margot Robbie’s Pirates of the Caribbean spinoff might be, it seems unlikely that Disney would want to remind their audience of Captain Jack Sparrow in any capacity at this point.