Wouldn’t have thought so, just a few months back, but considering this new bit of news on the franchise maybe.. just maybe.
Depp, of course, was axed from the series after ex Amber Heard first accused him of abuse.
The Edward Scissorhands star headlined five of the six Pirates movies before being dropped by Disney ahead of a further instalment in the wake of Heard’s claims. The actor’s team claimed Depp lost out on $22.5 million as a result of the accusations.
This year, rumors surfaced that Depp had been approached by Disney about coming back aboard a new Pirates film. The actor’s team refuted the claims, saying he wasn’t involved in any new Pirates movie.
Makes sense, after all, isn’t Margot Robbie starring in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, one that sidelines Sparrow, playing a new character?
The Babylon actress tells Vanity Fair that Disney has axed plans for that idea.
“We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led – not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story – which we thought would’ve been really cool, but I guess they don’t want to do it.”
Robbie and writer Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) were developing a film that would’ve featured a bunch of all new characters, with Robbie presumably playing a female pirate.
It could be that Disney has instead decided to return to the original franchise or they’ve simply opted to ice the franchise. Either way, there’s no news for now.