Johnny Depp ‘blocked from making a cameo appearance’ in Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after Disney ‘balked’ at the idea amid ‘wife-beater‘ libel trial
Disney reportedly blocked Johnny Depp from making a returning cameo appearance to the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise.
The entertainment conglomerate had distanced itself from the 57-year-old actor even before his ‘wife beater’ libel trial in the UK, despite never formally severing ties according to The Hollywood Reporter.
But the publication also claims that Disney ‘balked’ at executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s idea of bringing back Depp for a cameo in the female-centric spin-off of the franchise, rumored to be led by Margot Robbie.
Depp had portrayed Captain Jack Sparrow in all five Pirates Of The Caribbean films from 2006 to 2017 which 77-year-old Bruckheimer produced.
The THR report claimed that super producer Bruckheimer has been one of Depp’s ‘biggest champions’ alleging that he tried to cover for the star, saying his finger injury happened because “he got it caught in a car door” despite Depp blaming it on his ex-wife Amber Heard.
However, despite his efforts to get Depp to return to the franchise, Disney said no and his relationship with the actor is said have frayed in recent months.
There have already been multiple petitions signed by more than a million fans online, that have demanded Depp be reinstated in his role as Sparrow.
Meanwhile, in the same article it was reported that Depp had tried to keep his wife Heard from starring in the 2018 action film Aquaman, with the actor allegedly attempting to have her replaced from the movie.
Depp reportedly expressed his desire to have Heard removed in a message he sent to his sister Christi Dembrowski, a producer who once had a deal with the studio and still wielded influence at the company, according to THR.
‘I want her replaced on the WB film,’ he allegedly wrote to Dembrowski.
The message was uncovered by the publication in Justice Andrew Nicol’s 132-page ruling against Depp in his libel lawsuit against The Sun’s publisher, which he lost.
The actor reportedly said during the trial that the film in reference was Aquaman.
Heard stars opposite Jason Momoa in the film and plays Mera, his love interest.
Interestingly, the report comes just several days after a petition calling for Heard’s firing from Aquaman 2 received more than 1.5 million signatures, with Depp fans claiming she ‘systematically crusaded’ to ruin his career.
‘Since Heard’s divorce from Johnny Depp, she has systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood,’ the petition claimed
Despite a judge ruling Depp had attacked his ex-wife a dozen times, over a million fans signed the petition.
The petition also alleged that Heard ‘created false accounts of him being the abuse’ before demanding Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment remove Heard from production.
Heard addressed rumors she wouldn’t reprise the role last month with Entertainment Weekly, noting: ‘Paid rumours and paid campaigns on social media don’t dictate [casting decisions] because they have no basis in reality.