Johnny Depp Insider debunks report that he’s returning to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

Shake our sticks – Johnny Depp is reportedly back.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor is rumored to be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the franchise five years after the release of the last film Dead Men Tell No Tales.

However, Depp’s team is putting a stop to the old rumor mill as a source close to Depp debunked the report to The Post.

The return of the booze-slinging captain is reportedly in the works, with the 59-year-old Depp reportedly slated for a test shoot in February, according to The Sun. The current working title dished up by insiders at the UK outlet is “A Day At Sea”.

“Johnny will return as Captain Jack Sparrow and will begin filming in early February at a top secret location in the UK,” the source told The Sun, adding that the project is in an “early stage” and is even missing a director at the top.

“All other details are being kept under wraps. The whole project is classified and Disney wants to keep everything under wraps as best as possible,” the insider added, claiming Bruce Hendricks will be executive producer.

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, pictured on set with Orlando Bloom
All aboard the Sparrow train – Depp could be reprising his famous character.
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Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.

The first Pirates film, The Curse of the Black Pearl, premiered in 2003, when Depp first found the character Sparrow. The first five films grossed more than $4 billion worldwide and the film series finally ended in 2017.

It was unknown if Depp would ever appear on screens again as Sparrow after a debilitating loss in his libel trial in 2020. He was branded a “wife beater” – until winning a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard this year.

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Depp apparently has bigger and better things up his sleeve, like appearing on Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show.
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In 2016, the couple’s rocky relationship was dead in the water. Depp’s reputation was decimated when Heard, 36, later penned an op-ed in which she allegedly discussed abusive behavior, though she claimed the personal essay was not related to him.

As for Depp’s interest in working with Disney again – he’s apparently made it clear that the ship has sailed.

During this year’s bombshell trial, the Aquaman actress’ legal team inquired if Depp would work with the company again.

“If Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, would there be anything in the world that would make you go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie?” asked her attorneys.

“That’s true,” Depp replied at the time, opening up about an alleged return, while Jack Sparrow raised a few eyebrows.

Since the trial, he’s been booked and busy, touring with Jeff Beck, appearing on Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show, and reportedly dating one of his trial attorneys.

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Depp first found what he was looking for in 2003 as Jack Sparrow.
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Jack Sparrow
Despite his troubled past with his ex, Depp’s fans remain as devout as ever.
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Despite Depp’s claims that he would put Jack Sparrow to rest once and for all, Women’s Aid, a non-profit dedicated to fighting domestic violence, expressed concern over the possibility of a reprise of the role.

“When someone is accused or found guilty of domestic violence, it’s important that all employers take this seriously, and that includes employers in film and television,” the organization told The Sun. “When domestic violence is swept under the rug and quickly forgotten, it sends a dangerous message that it’s not that serious.”

Despite the star’s troubled past that’s rife with accusations, his loyal fans won’t put a bounty on his head. In fact, the polarizing process seemed to deepen their love for the man behind Sparrow, and they might even take up arms for him.

Depp apologists lined the courthouse block and camped on the ground overnight just to catch a glimpse of their favorite privateer in court. Diehard fans spent thousands on flights and travel expenses just to snag a front-row seat, while others supported Depp online by spamming Heard’s witnesses with hate.

Even Heard supporters couldn’t take a break and received an onslaught of misogynist messages online, while Depp supporters were ousted from the courthouse for threatening Heard.

The marauder of fame was rumored to be replaced by none other than Margot Robbie, who this month claimed Disney had snubbed a “cool” female-led pirate film.

“We had an idea ages ago and we developed it for a while, more of a female-led – not entirely female-led – just a different kind of story that we thought would have been really cool. ‘ the 32-year-old actress told Variety. “But I don’t think they want to do it.” Johnny Depp Insider debunks report that he’s returning to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

Emma Bowman

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