Is Johnny Depp returning to Pirates of the Caribbean? Will Jack Sparrow actor return to Disney movie franchise

Johnny Depp played the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, starring in five movies

Speculation has been growing about whether Johnny Depp will return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Reported by The Sun, a source told the publication that Depp “is set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow and is scheduled to start filming at the beginning of February at a top secret location in the UK.”

Rumours the actor was set to reprise his role first began in June 2022 after Australian gossip news outlet PopTropic claimed an inside source has alleged Disney had reached out to the actor.

The Daily Mail has reported that Depp will not be returning to the franchise, stating their sources have confirmed that “the information is false.”

Depp has not starred in the franchise since the fifth movie in 2017. The actor has been making headlines lately after his highly publicised defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard. During questioning on the stand he was asked about whether he would ever return to the franchise.

Here’s everything you need to know about whether Johnny Depp will return to Pirates of the Caribbean.

Is Johnny Depp returning to Pirates of the Caribbean?

Rumours have been circulating about Depp returning to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise since June when Australian gossip news outlet PopTropic reported that Disney had allegedly signed a deal with Depp for him to reprise the role for an estimated $300 million.

Johnny Depp has not commented on whether he is returning to the Disney franchise (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)

Their source alleged: “Disney are very interested in patching up their relationship with Johnny Depp. They reached out to the actor prior to his defamation trial against Amber Heard and asked whether he would be interested in returning for another Pirates film or two.

“I know corporate sent him a gift basket with a very heartfelt letter, but I’m unsure how it was received. But what I can tell you is that the studio has already penned up a draft for a film about Jack Sparrow — so they are very hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and return as his iconic character.”

Whilst in November it was reported that Depp was returning to the franchise and due to “return as Captain Jack Sparrow”. Reported by The Sun, a source said: “Johnny is set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow and is scheduled to start filming at the beginning of February at a top secret location in the UK. 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.”

Who did Johnny Depp play in Pirates of the Caribbean?

Depp is famously known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the franchise, of which he starred in five of the movies. During Depp’s recent highly publicised defamation trial between himself and his ex-wife Amber Heard, whether he wished to return to Pirates of the Caribbean came up.

The actor was asked: “If Disney came to you with $300m dollars 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?” He replied: “That is true.”

The trial concluded in June 2022, with Depp awarded $15m in damages from Heard, which the judge reduced to $10.35m. The panel also ordered Depp to pay Heard $2m in damages.

When was the last time Johnny Depp starred in Pirates of the Caribbean?

Depp’s role as Captain Jack Sparrow spanned five of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. The last movie he starred in was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2017. Disney currently has two more Pirates of the Caribbean movies in the works, with Depp so far not planned to appear in either.

Depp fans have been campaigning to see the actor return to the franchise, with an online petition calling for it currently gathering nearly 900,000 signatures.

Depp fans hold a cardboard cutout of actor Johnny Depp in his role as Jack Sparrow from “Pirates of the Caribbean” outside Depp’s defamation case (Pic: Getty Images)

What have Johnny Depp’s representatives said?

A representative from the actor told NBC News that “this is made up.”

Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer was asked in May by The Sunday Times if Depp would return for future productions. Bruckheimer replied: "Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided."

Despite the rumours around him returning to the Disney franchise, the actor has confirmed he will be directing his first film following the defamation trial.

Reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Depp is set to direct the movie, Modigliani. The biopic which tells the story of Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani will see him make his first directorial debut since 1997. Co-producers will include Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.

Whilst Depp has also taken on his first role since his trial, playing King Louis XV in Jeanne Du Barry.