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.
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.
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.
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.
And, not ones to waste any time, hastily tied the knot just one year later in February 2015.
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.
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.
With many news outlets reporting that Amber had cited “irreconcilable differences” while filing the divorce petition.
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.
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.
And that he would frequently lash out at her, both verbally and physically.
In which she claimed was a result of him throwing his phone at her.
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.”
Who was even made the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Ambassador for Women’s Issues”.
And, despite profusely denying all the allegations against him, Johnny found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.
And his appearance in J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.
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.
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.
So the motive behind letting Johnny go, despite his undeniable popularity in the movies, was pretty obvious.
Because according to reports, Dinsey are going in a very different direction with the reboot of the classic franchise.
And the replacement for the leading role? Well, that’s said to be going to a female actress instead!
Karen Gillan, star of Jumanji: The Next Level, is apparently a favorite.
We think she’d be perfect for the job!
Jack Sparrow will always hold a special place in our hearts.
We’re honestly just looking forward to having pirates back on our screens once more!
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