Date: 3rd January 2019
When it was announced that Disney was going to be rebooting the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, most fans assumed that Johnny Depp would not be back in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow. Well, now it’s been confirmed that the movie will, in fact, be Depp free.
The news comes from Disney Chief of Film Production Sean Bailey, who, when asked if the franchise could survive without Depp, said:
"We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that's what I've tasked them with."
In a new Forbes piece, the point is made that by choosing not to bring back Depp for this next picture, the studio is saving a pretty hefty expense, with the actor earning a sizeable salary of $90 million per picture.
Source: Press Release