In the midst of Johnny Depp’s highly-publicised defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, which he won on 1 June 2022, the actor made a point of shutting down rumours surrounding his potential return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Sadly for the majority of the internet, the sixth instalment of the iconic movie would not include the beloved character of Captain Jack Sparrow—at least not one played by Depp.
What no one was expecting, however, was for the role of Sparrow to be taken on by another actor instead of completely removed from the plot of the upcoming movie. Though producer Jerry Bruckheimer previously confirmed that a script is being developed with Margot Robbie taking over the lead role, he also explained that there were no plans for Depp’s character to return.
And yet, new rumours have been circulating online about actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on the task of replacing Depp as the emblematic captain. And it’s safe to say, fans aren’t happy about it…
Reports concerning the potential move first came from Giant Freakin Robot which wrote, “It has already been announced by Jerry Bruckheimer that two spinoffs are in the works. One will see Margot Robbie take the lead of the franchise. The other is currently a mystery for now. However, based on our trusted and proven source, we can report that a third spinoff is in the works. This third Pirates spinoff will star Dwayne Johnson.”
Though it doesn’t seem like The Rock would play Captain Jack Sparrow, as it spread online, the news somehow promoted the contrary—with Twitter users being quick to discuss the unfounded allegations. “Please – just NO! I don’t really have anything against the Rock, but he’s not a great actor who can be funny, devious, sweet, cheeky, cute, and just plain smart all in one movie 🙂 Or at all!” wrote one.
“I really hope the news about Dwayne Johnson replacing Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow are untrue, or at least hope he rejects it. Would make me think a lot less of him if he took it. Also, stupid move since most of us will not watch it!” added another.
And it’s not just a role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that Disney may be eyeing Johnson for. There are also rumours that he could be replacing Will Smith in yet another iconic role too. The Rock is to reportedly replace the Fresh Prince in Aladdin 2 following Smith’s Oscar slapgate fiasco with friend and comedian Chris Rock.