Seventeen years after its launch, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean is, by and far, one of the longest-running franchises in Hollywood history. The last entry, Dead Men Tell No Tales, amassed nearly $800 million at the box-office. And while it is indeed true the quality of the films has gone down since the original trilogy, the fact remains that this is still a series ripe with potential. Gore Verbinski’s original trilogy became a cultural juggernaut when it first came out in 2003; what with Johnny Depp’s now-iconic role as Jack Sparrow.

It can be argued that Depp is at the heart of the franchise. And that even when the film’s quality floundered, he was still a treat to watch. Depp is now attempting a shot at redemption after false allegations from his ex-wife Amber Heard, who abused him throughout their marriage.

I find it rather odd that none of the mainstream media websites covered the audiotapes where Heard confessed to repeatedly hitting her husband. And also the fact that he would try to run away each time she started a physical altercation. Heard managed to sever the actor’s finger and would routinely get violent during their short-lived marriage. Court documents, audio confessions and even folks from Heard’s own camp have taken a stand against her. So, it’s indeed upsetting that the media, who painted Depp an abuser on false allegations won’t do the right thing.

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Is Depp Back in Pirates?

But media agendas aside, Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of the Pirates films has now teased a possibility that Depp will appear in the sixth film. When asked, he said that they were working on a draft which he intends to send to Disney soon.

“The one we’re developing right now, we’re not sure quite what Johnny’s role is going to be,” the producer said. “So, we’re going to have to see.”

This fits in line with the stories we’ve heard about the upcoming film. Reports emerged that Disney was looking at a female-led spinoff starring Karen Gillen. So there’s a genuine possibility that Depp may appear in a supporting role. And honestly, Jack Sparrow is much better suited to a supporting role instead of making him the sole focus. There’s a reason that he was so widely beloved in The Curse of the Black Pearl after all!

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