Back in 2018 Disney announced they were working on a reboot of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. They even hired Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to script it. Eventually Reese and Wernick walked away from the project and now Craig Mazin and Ted Elliott are writing the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Will Johnny Depp Be Allowed Back?
With Mazin and Elliott in charge it’s starting to sound like less of a total reboot and more of a soft reboot, because word is that Orlando Bloom may return in the new movie. Bloom’s Will Turner character had a cameo in the last movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales. Outside of that though, Will Turner hasn’t really been a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise since 2007’s At World’s End.
Reportedly Disney wants at least one of the original characters in the movie and since they aren’t sure if they want Johnny Depp to be in it, rumor suggests they’re lining him up to show the pirate flag.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently played it coy on whether they’re going to let Johnny Depp back in the Pirates of the Caribbean world. Bruckheimer tells Collider, “The one we’re developing right now, we’re not sure quite what Johnny’s role is going to be… So, we’re going to have to see.”
Initially Disney was adamant that Depp would not be allowed back in Pirates at all. Johnny Depp had been accused of domestic abuse by actress Amber Heard and many speculated that the decision not to let him be involved was due, in part at least, to this controversy. Now though, it seems that those accusations may have been unfounded and recent reports allege that Depp was actually the victim in the altercations with his now ex-wife. So Johnny Depp’s fans have gone to work to try and get him his job back.
A petition has been launched asking Disney to hire Johnny Depp for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. As of this writing, the petition is closing in on 200,000 signatures.
Now word is that petition, and the #JusticeForJohnnyDepp campaign, may have actually worked. Certain execs at Disney are reportedly lobbying for Depp to be included as part of their Pirates of the Caribbean action movie reboot. If they succeed and the House of Mouse welcomes him back, he probably won’t be the star this time. Expect a cameo at the least and a supporting role at the most. This is a reboot after all.
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Pirates Of The Caribbean’s New Star
What’s clear is that Johnny Depp will not be the star of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Instead all signs point to them looking for a female lead to take over the franchise. In particular The Disinsider says one of their top candidates to lead the new franchise is Karen Gillan.
After starting out as one of The Doctor’s companions on Doctor Who, Gillan has gradually made a name for herself as an action star. She’s kicked ass as Nebula in the Marvel universe and she’s beat up bad guys as Ruby Roundhouse in two Jumanji movies. She would seem to be the ideal candidate to lead a new Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But…
One of the things holding Disney back from hiring Gillan is reportedly their desire to cast a woman of color. They haven’t found that woman yet and if they don’t, then they may be ready to go with Karen Gillan as the next Pirates of the Caribbean star.
As for who Gillan or whoever they cast might play, apparently they want to mold the new female main character after a meet and greet character from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride named Redd.