MOVIE NEWS – A Johnny Depp representative has ended rumours that the actor would accept $301 million to reprise his role in Pirates of the Caribbean.
The rumours were sparked after a source claimed that actor and musician Johnny Depp had been approached by Disney with a $301 million offer to reprise the role of Jack Sparrow in the following few productions of Pirates of the Caribbean. According to the report, Disney has also sent an apology letter to Johnny Depp and is in the process of preparing a draft for Depp. The person claimed:
“Disney is very interested in repairing its relationship with Johnny Depp. Even before the defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, the actor was approached and asked if he would be interested in returning for a Pirates movie or two. I know the company sent him a gift basket with a very warm letter, but I don’t know how it was received. I can tell you that the studio has already written a film draft about Jack Sparrow – so they’re very confident that Johnny will forgive them and return as his iconic character”.
On Monday, Depp’s representative issued a straightforward three-word statement of his own:
“This is made up”.
During the actor’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp was questioned by Heard’s defence lawyer Ben Rottenborn,
“If Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing in the world could make you go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie?”
Depp answered under oath:
Not only did the Jack Sparrow actor express his unwillingness to don pirate boots, but franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer said the actor is not being considered for the time being, and the series’ future is still undecided. The famed filmmaker also confirmed that two separate scripts for Pirates are currently in Disney’s possession. One of the scripts is said to feature a character to be played by Margot Robbie and will reportedly be made up of mostly female characters.
In the meantime, Depp was recently seen performing on stage with English rock guitarist Jeff Beck, is preparing to play King Louis XV in Jeanne du Barry, which will be his first film in a while, and has plans for a summer 2023 tour with his band the Hollywood Vampires.