Johnny Depp won’t be returning to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, although a report claims his name has been spotted on an advertisement for a new movie in the hugely popular franchise.
Rumors circulated on Wednesday after a report claimed he would reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow despite being axed from the franchise by Disney in 2018.
However, sources confirm to DailyMail.com that the information is false.
Depp, 59, last played the swashbuckling character in 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales before producers decided to “re-energize” the hugely popular franchise.
An insider had told The Sun that a sixth film in the franchise, workingly titled A Day At the Sea, was in the pipeline, claiming: “Johnny will be returning as Captain Jack Sparrow and is slated to start filming right at the start of February on a strictly secret place in Britain.’
Meanwhile, the insider continued, “Everything is in its early stages and there’s no director on the project called A Day At The Sea yet.
“Johnny is expected to do a test shoot in early February before full production ramps up.”
The source continued: “A call sheet was distributed among those in the know. Bruce Hendricks, who worked on the first three films, will executive produce the new project.’
In 2018, a Disney producer claimed that Depp would not be asked to return, saying they wanted to bring a “new energy” to the popular films.
New ideas to bring the franchise to life included “Pirates of the Caribbean” directed by women and starring Margot Robbie.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair this month, the Oscar nominee revealed that the highly anticipated film isn’t going to happen.
“We had an idea ages ago, and we developed it for a while to have been more woman-led — not entirely woman-led, just a different kind of story — which we thought would have been really cool, but.” I think they don’t want to do it,” she said of Disney.
While he may not be directing another Pirates of the Caribbean movie, it was announced over the summer that Depp would be directing his first film following his libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the father-of-two will direct the film Modigliani, a biopic about Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani.
Depp will produce the film alongside Al Pacino and Barry Navidi, which will be the first film he has directed since making his directorial debut with the 1997 film The Brave.
Modigliani, based on the play by Dennis McIntyre and adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, accompanies the artist in Paris in 1916.
“Long viewed by himself as a critical and commercial failure, Modigliani navigates a turbulent and eventful 48 hours that will become a turning point in his life and ultimately cement his reputation as an artistic legend,” writes THR.
Production is slated to begin in spring 2023 in Europe and the cast will be announced soon, according to THR.
News of the film comes after Depp resigned as King Louis XV. in Jeanne Du Barry, his first film role since his libel trial against Amber.
Jeanne Du Barry marks a return for Johnny after much of Hollywood blacklisted him following allegations of domestic violence from Amber.
Filming on the project reportedly began in July – after the trial concluded – and is set to last 11 weeks, according to the deadline.
The story follows the title character Jeanne, a working-class woman who climbs the social hierarchy of Paris and eventually attracts the attention of King Louis XV.
In 2020, a UK court ruled that 12 out of 14 incidents of violence alleged by Amber were “essentially true” and Johnny was subsequently sentenced to death at the request of Warner Bros.
But following his own US defamation lawsuit against Amber, which awarded him $15 million, the star seems to be reviving interest.