JOHNNY Depp will return to Pirates of the Caribbean as Captain Jack Sparrow, five years after the last film.
Depp, who has played a drunken pirate in all of the previous five films, is set to test shoot in the UK in February, according to a new shooting list.
Insiders have revealed that the working title of the new movie produced by Disney is A Day at Sea.
A source said: “Johnny is set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow and filming is set to begin in early February at a top secret location in the UK.
“Everything is in its early stages, and the project, which is called “A Day at Sea”, does not yet have a director.
“Jonny is expected to do a test shoot in early February before production goes into full production.
“The call list has been circulated to those in the know.
Bruce Hendrix, who worked on the first three films, has been named executive producer on the new project.
“All other details are kept under lock and key. The whole project is shrouded in mystery, and Disney wants to keep it as private as possible.”
Depp, 59, made his debut as Sparrow in The Curse of the Black Pearl back in 2003.
The first five films have grossed over £3.4 billion worldwide, with Depp reportedly making over £200 million.
His future in the franchise was called into question after he lost a libel suit against Kristen Bell Tattoos in November 2020 after being called a “wife beater” in an article about him and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp, who split from 36-year-old Amber Heard in 2016 after a year of marriage, sued her for defamation in the US and won in June.
During this trial, Heard’s legal team asked Depp if he would ever return, asking, “If Disney comes to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing in the world is going to make you go back and work with Disney on Pirates.” . Caribbean movie?
Depp replied, “It’s true.”
Women’s charities have said they are concerned that Depp has been re-signed to the role.
Women’s Aid stated, “When someone is accused or found guilty of domestic violence, it is important that all employers take it seriously, including film and television employers.
“When domestic violence is swept under the carpet and quickly forgotten, it sends a dangerous signal that things are not so serious.
“Domestic violence could not be more serious: three women are killed every two weeks by a current or former partner in the UK.”
Movie fans and Depp created a petition to get him back on board as a morally deranged marauder – more than 800,000 people signed it in an attempt to get the bosses to sign him.
Last week, Margot Robbie announced that the new Pirates project, led by a woman, was closed.
The production was thought to have been created to bridge the gap after Depp moved away from the franchise.
Robbie, 32, told Variety: “We had an idea and we were developing it a while back to have a more female leadership – not all female – but just a different story that we thought. it would be very cool.
But I don’t think they want to do it.
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