Margot Robbie has played quite a few well-known characters in her relatively short movie career, include Jane Clayton in The Legend of Tarzan, Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots, Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood, and of course, Harley Quinn. But this roster is about to add another iconic character, as Robbie recently confirmed that she will be swashbuckling her way in an all-female led film set in the world of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Margot Robbie’s Pirates of the Caribbean film will be a “wholly original story with new characters under the Pirates moniker”. Rumors have been swirling for some time that Robbie, along with her Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn screenwriter Christina Hodson, would be tackling a new version of Pirates. Now, it seems to have been confirmed by Robbie herself. Robbie spoke on the Happy Sad Confused podcast and was asked about her involvement with the Pirates franchise. She played coy for the most part, but then added, “time will tell.” When pressed for further comment, Robbie offered, “Maybe. It’s early days. I shan’t say no more…for now.”
Margot Robbie dropped a few more tidbits during her recent interview with Collider when talking about her latest film, Dreamland. Robbie said this of her and Christina Hodson’s take on Pirates: “Lot of girl power. No, it’s too early to talk about it. I love Christina, obviously. I’m not a producer on Pirates, so I’ll sit back and kind of wait for the process. We’re really, really excited at the prospect of adding obviously a very key female element to that world.”
Margot Robbie’s Pirates of the Caribbean film will not be the only upcoming film in the franchise. While Disney had been kicking around the idea of a female-led Pirates – before Robbie and Hodson’s involvement – they also announced a sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film is in the works. Franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer spoke to Collider back in October of last year, saying, “The one we’re developing right now, we’re not sure quite what Johnny’s role is going to be.” Jerry Bruckheimer brought back veteran Pirates of the Caribbean writer Ted Elliott to team up with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin in order to bring a fresh take to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
While the accusations against Johnny Depp by ex-wife Amber Heard were known at the time Jerry Bruckheimer said Depp might still be involved, it was before the outcome of Depp’s libel suit against the Sun. In the recent case, Depp claimed the Sun had no evidence to call him a “wife-beater,” yet in the case, the judge said there was substantial evidence to prove that the Sun was right in their assessment of the actor. After Depp lost this libel case, he was soon after fired from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise, and it seems likely that his time with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is now over, possibly making Margot Robbie the new face of the franchise.
Even though the latest film in the series, 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, was seen as a failure domestically, making a little over $172 million, the film grossed $794 million worldwide. As a beloved franchise around the globe, it doesn’t look like Disney is ready to shift to the new Margot Robbie series entirely just yet, even if the main series continues without its star, Johnny Depp. But the Pirates of the Caribbean series has moved beyond its leads in the past, as both Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley opted out of 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
But Margot Robbie and Christina Hodson proved that they could bring a good deal of fun to a franchise with this year’s Birds of Prey, and they could be just the kick in the pants that the Pirates of the Caribbean series needs. The last few films in the series have been bloated, dark, and lacking the joy that the franchise began with, and a new direction and an attempt at bringing levity back to Pirates of the Caribbean is what these films have craved for years. If Robbie and Hodson revive the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it might not be too long before we start to think of Margot Robbie as the series’ new head captain.