The news of Johnny Depp not returning to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as Jack Sparrow has been met with shock and disappointment by fans of the series. According to a report from Variety, Disney has decided to cancel the planned reboot of the franchise, which would have seen Depp reprising his iconic role as the swashbuckling pirate.
The news comes as a surprise, as Depp had been attached to the project since its announcement in 2019. The actor had expressed enthusiasm for the project, and had even gone so far as to tease a potential return to the franchise in a recent interview.
However, it appears that Disney has decided to move on from the project, and will instead focus on developing new stories for the franchise. This means that Depp will not be returning as Captain Jack Sparrow, and fans of the series will have to look elsewhere for their pirate fix.
It is unclear why Disney decided to cancel the reboot, but it is likely due to the ongoing legal issues surrounding Depp. The actor is currently involved in a high-profile legal battle with his former wife, Amber Heard, and the negative publicity surrounding the case may have been a factor in Disney’s decision.
Regardless of the reasons behind the cancellation, it is clear that fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will have to look elsewhere for their swashbuckling fix. While it is sad to see Depp not returning as Captain Jack Sparrow, the franchise will no doubt continue to provide thrilling adventures for years to come.