An old online petition was asking to bring Johnny Depp back to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The petition already has around 300k signatures. Fans want to see Depp in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow for his iconic performance, for which the actor was also nominated for Best Actor Oscar nomination.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a fantasy movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on the theme park attraction of the same name by Walt Disney. The franchise started in 2003 with the first movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Both film critics and the audience welcomed the film. It collected a gross of $654 million worldwide. However, the franchise crashed with the fifth installment; Dead Men Tell No Tales. The movie introduced new characters, and it was criticized for its complex storyline.
The franchise is the 14th highest-grossing movie series of all time, and it has collected a gross of $4.5 billion worldwide.
Johnny Depp was the heart of the franchise, and he has put life into the character of Jack Sparrow. Fans are upset with the news that Depp will not reprise the role anymore. Meanwhile, the actor is in between a legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard regarding the divorce in 2016. Heard has accused Depp of verbally and physically abusing her. The actor has also taken legal action against the popular magazine The Sun, which referred to Depp as a wife-beater in one of their articles. However, the U.K. judge ruled against Depp. Later, he announced that the Warner Bros. studio wanted him to resign from the upcoming movie Fantastic Beast 3’s role of Grindelwald.
As Depp’s news leaving the Fantastic Beast franchise spread, an old petition on Change.org has resurfaced. The petition asked Disney to bring back the Oscar-nominated actor as the iconic character of Jack Sparrow to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Riza Siddiqui created the petition two years ago, and now it has reached 300k signatures. The petition reads, Disney is planning to reboot Dead Men Tell No Tales, but they are unaware that without Johnny Depp or his Jack Sparrow, the franchise will sink. And they will never reach the horizon where they want to achieve.
This is not the only petition that has got fired up; fans are even demanding that Heard be fired from her role as Mera in the upcoming movie Aquaman 2. People have launched a petition regarding this on the same platform, Change.org, demanding Heard should also face the same consequences. This petition has even surpassed over one million signatures. However, Warner Bros. did not fire Heard from the project as they did Depp. A production studio can’t fire an actor or actress if criminal charges have not been filed against them.
Mads Mikkelsen is now in talks to take over the role of Depp. The Doctor Strange’s actor appeared as Grindelwald in two projects of the Harry Potter spinoff series. It is still uncertain whether the petition will make any change or not. The absence of Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean will hurt the franchise.