Johnny Depp is not involved and not scheduled to appear in the new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean film, despite a rumor that states the contrary.
According to sources, the actor will not reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the forthcoming sixth installment of the Disney film franchise, as reported by aceshowbiz.com.
Reports have it that Depp’s name has been found on a call sheet for a rumored new “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, fueling the rumor of his putative comeback to the series.
The 59-year-old actor is reportedly slated for a test shoot in the United Kingdom in February 2023.
According to sources, the film’s current working title is ‘A Day at Sea.’ One of the insiders said Johnny is expected to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow and is planned to begin shooting at a top-secret location in the United Kingdom at the beginning of February.
“Everything is in the early stages and there is still no director attached to the project, which is being called ‘A Day at the Sea’,” the source further spilled.
“Johnny is expected to do a test shoot in early February before the production gets fully underway.”
“A call sheet has been distributed among those in the know,” it additionally claimed.
“Bruce Hendricks, who worked on the first three films, is named as the Executive Producer on the new project.”
The source added, “All the other details are being kept under lock and key. The whole project is shrouded in secrecy and Disney wants to keep everything under wraps as best they can.”
However, sources for the Daily Mail assert that the information is untrue. Disney has not commented on the rumored return of Johnny Depp to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
Disney revealed in 2020 that it was producing a new female-centric version of “Pirates of the Caribbean” starring Margot Robbie.
This project would reunite “Suicide Squad” heroine Margot Robbie with “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” author Christina Hodson, with franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
Disney was also working on a second revamp penned by series veteran Ted Elliott and “Chernobyl” writer Craig Mazin.
Bruckheimer said in a May interview with The Sunday Times that both films were still in production, but Depp, who has featured in all five previous “Pirates” installments, was not participating in any future projects due to his ongoing court dispute with Amber Heard.
Robbie said earlier this month that the studio is no longer interested in developing a “Pirates of the Caribbean” film with a female lead.