'Pirates of the Caribbean' Reboot Moving Ahead With Female Lead | 22 Words

Back in 2018, following his domestic abuse allegations, Johnny Depp was dropped from his infamous role of Captian Jack Sparrow in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.

But now it seems the future of the franchise is looking quite different.

It's been a turbulent couple of years for Johnny Depp.

The Kentucky born actor, who has been renowned in Hollywood since the 1990s, has been embroiled in a highly publicized domestic abuse scandal with his ex-girlfriend, Amber Heard, for the last 4 years.

Let's start from the beginning...

After meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, the actor started dating Texan actress and model, Amber Heard, shortly after calling it quits with his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis.

At first, the pair seemed perfect for each other.

Johnny and Amber enjoyed a happy couple of years together, and would regularly attend red-carpet events as a couple, arm-in-arm and seemingly madly in love.

They announced their engagement in 2014...

And, not ones to waste any time, hastily tied the knot just one year later in February 2015.

However, it was here when things started to go a little ship-shaped.

Their honeymoon period was rather short-lived as, just months after their marriage, Johnny reportedly suffered a hand injury as a result of "smashing bottles and windows" during a heated argument with his wife.

For the next year, various reports of abuse between the pair continued to surface...

So it came as no shock when Amber filed for divorce in March 2016, just fifteen months after the couple had initially exchanged their "I do"s.

At first, the divorce seemed unsuspicious...

With many news outlets reporting that Amber had cited "irreconcilable differences" while filing the divorce petition.

But, only a few months into their separation...

Amber filed a restraining order against Johnny, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.

It was a big allegation to make...

So people were confused when Amber retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.

But this didn't stop the world from turning against Johnny.

Amber had alleged that the actor had hit her on several occasions, and even provided video footage of him flinging a glass of wine across the room in a fit of rage.

She claimed that this would happen every time he'd lose his temper...

And that he would frequently lash out at her, both verbally and physically.

Pictures of her bruised face also emerged...

In which she claimed was a result of him throwing his phone at her.

And, in 2018, the actress penned an article for The Washington Post where she opened up about her experience with domestic abuse and violence.

Though she didn't explicitly name Johnny in her op-ed, she did allude to the time period when, “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out."

There was an outpour of support for Amber...

Who was even made the American Civil Liberties Union's "Ambassador for Women's Issues".

She truly painted herself as the victim...

And, despite profusely denying all the allegations against him, Johnny found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.

Fewer and fewer directors were hiring Johnny for roles...

And his appearance in J.K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.

And, in 2018, he was dropped from his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow.

In a career-shattering announcement just 4 days after Amber's damning article, Disney announced that the actor would no longer be a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Though they didn't directly cite Amber's abuse allegations...

It was widely assumed that Disney, who have earned over $4.5 billion at the box office from the Pirates franchise, were trying to distance themselves from the actor and the scandal surrounding him.

Disney is notoriously family-friendly...

So the motive behind letting Johnny go, despite his undeniable popularity in the movies, was pretty obvious.

But now, there has been a sudden change in events.

Because according to reports, Dinsey are going in a very different direction with the reboot of the classic franchise.

It seems Depp won't be involved at all.

And the replacement for the leading role? Well, that's said to be going to a female actress instead!

And there's one name that's said to be at the top of their list.

Karen Gillan, star of Jumanji: The Next Level, is apparently a favorite.

Her past performance apparently impressed producers.

We think she'd be perfect for the job!

Although we have to say ...

Jack Sparrow will always hold a special place in our hearts.

But, overall...

We're honestly just looking forward to having pirates back on our screens once more! Want to know more about what Disney has in the works at the moment? Scroll on for all the live-action remakes coming out in the future ...