Pirates of the Caribbean boss on whether Johnny Depp will reprise his role as Jack Sparrow

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Photo credit: Jun Sato - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jun Sato - Getty Images

The ongoing trial between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, which at times has been difficult to watch, is all centred on claims of defamation, with Depp alleging that Heard's Washington Post op-ed (in which she refers to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse") massively impacted his career and earning potential.

In response to Depp's $50 million lawsuit, Heard has launched her own counter-claim for $100 million, saying it is actually her reputation which has suffered after Depp's team described her allegations as 'fake' and a 'sexual violence hoax'.

As part of the trial, Heard's lawyer at one point asked Depp if he would ever consider reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the movie franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, which it's said he reportedly earned over $300 million from in total.

"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?" Heard's attorney put to Depp, to which he replied: "That is true, Mr. Rottenborn."

Photo credit: E. Charbonneau - Getty Images
Photo credit: E. Charbonneau - Getty Images

It now seems as though this has been confirmed by Pirates of the Caribbean's producer Jerry Bruckheimer too, who recently gave an interview with The Sunday Times about the future of the franchise – and was specifically asked about Depp's possible involvement with it post-trial.

Speaking about the Pirates scripts he's currently working on, Bruckheimer said, "We’re talking to Margot Robbie [about a possible female-fronted film]. We are developing two Pirates scripts — one with her, one without."

And on the topic of Depp, he added, "[He will not be back] not at this point" but added "the future is yet to be decided".

Depp v Heard is set to continue until 27 May. The trial was reportedly due to originally conclude on 19 May but was extended due to there being a significant amount of evidence still to be presented.

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