After a lengthy trial, Johnny Depp found vindication when the court ruled his ex-wife Amber Heard had defamed him on all three counts presented by Depp’s legal team. The verdict has provoked strong opinions from vocal supporters of both Heard and Depp, but the Pirates of the Caribbean star said “the jury gave me my life back.”
Following the trial, an unnamed former Disney executive spoke to People about the outcome of the trial and what it could mean for Johnny Depp’s future with Disney. While Depp had supposedly been dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the anonymous source said they believe that the verdict could pave the way for Captain Jack Sparrow’s return:
“I absolutely believe post-verdict that Pirates is primed for rebooting with Johnny as Capt. Jack back on board. There is just too much potential box-office treasure for a beloved character deeply embedded in the Disney culture. With [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer riding high on the massive success of Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick, there is huge appetite for bringing back bankable Hollywood stars in massively popular franchises.”
It is interesting to hear a source connected with Disney suggesting Johnny Depp might return to the Pirates of the Caribbean series. There can be no doubt that Depp’s character proved immensely popular, but the actor himself seemed to make it perfectly clear during the trial that there were absolutely no circumstances under which he would return.
When Depp was being cross-examined by Amber Heard’s lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, the following exchange took place:
Ben Rottenborn: “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million 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? Correct?”
Johnny Depp: “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.”
The outcome of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial would certainly make it easier for Depp to return to Pirates of the Caribbean, as his name has effectively been cleared of the allegations made against him. However, whether Depp would want to return – and whether Disney would feel the verdict has sufficiently vindicated Depp in the minds of their audience – is another matter.
The Pirates franchise is based on the original Disneyland attraction of the same name. The first film, The Curse of the Black Pearl, garnered Johnny Depp his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The franchise consists of five films, with its last entry, Dead Men Tell No Tales, having sailed into theaters in 2017. All five films have grossed a total of $4.5 billion at the global box office.
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