Johnny Depp's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Future Is 'TBD' & Margot Robbie Might Take Over

Jack Sparrow isn't coming back "at this point."

Captain Jack Sparrow. Right: Margot Robbie.
Global Staff Writer

Captain Jack Sparrow. Right: Margot Robbie.

The chances of Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie aren't great, according to its producer.

Jerry Bruckheimer recently told The Sunday Times that plans for a sixth movie are still up in the air, with two possible scripts available. One of them includes actress Margot Robbie, while the other does not.

Bruckheimer added that there are no plans to bring Depp back "at this point," although he didn't rule it out entirely.

"The future is yet to be decided," he said, per The Independent.

Bruckheimer made the comments while speaking about Top Gun: Maverick, the Tom Cruise movie that debuts this month.

Depp and Heard are currently suing each other for defamation in Virginia, amid competing claims of abuse.

Depp's lawsuit is over Heard's 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, in which she claims to have been a victim of domestic abuse. The piece doesn't name Depp, but his lawyers say it clearly points to him and that he lost roles in films like Pirates and the Fantastic Beasts franchise because of the impact of her claims.

Heard is countersuing him for $100 million — twice the $50 million that he's seeking.

During Depp's testimony, he expressed his disappointment in not being able to give the character Jack Sparrow a "proper goodbye," Insider reports.

Though Bruckheimer has apparently left the door open to the possibility of Depp returning, Depp has said that he does not expect to be back as Jack.

He said as much to Heard's lawyer in court last month.

"The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film? Correct?" the lawyer asked.

"That is true," Depp said.

Depp also described Jack Sparrow at the trial as "a character that [he] had built from the ground up."

In regards to his relationship with Disney, the actor said, "I didn't quite understand how, after that long relationship, and quite a successful relationship, certainly for Disney, that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent."

The trial is expected to wrap up at the end of the month.

Cata Balzano
Global Staff Writer