It might take ‘a million alpacas’ to bring Johnny Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow, but fan art has already pictured him for Pirates of the Caribbean 6
What’s going on with Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean and the franchise in general? There are many pirate projects are reportedly underway, but it looks like Depp is done with the Disney franchise and the Disney franchise is (mostly) done with Depp. Still, fans continue to collect plenty of fan art giving fans an idea of what it would look like if the character took on the role for a sixth outing, even though it took “a million alpacas” to get there.
Yes, sixth film. Johnny Depp had already appeared in five Pirates of the Caribbean movies before Disney decided to go in a new direction in the franchise. As early as 2018, the studio was looking to restart and there was whispers that Depp was no longer going to be in the fold. Those rumors have apparently since been substantiated, but for the faction of fans who are still hoping to see the actor return as a character, this Return of Captain Jack DiamondDead’s poster is worth seeing.
Of course, I would be remiss if I did not note that there are no current plans to reinstate Johnny Depp into the pirate bend at this point. An excerpt from the trial even recently went viral when a Disney exec asked if company would pay Depp ‘$300 million and a million alpacas’ to come back is what Depp would have said it would take to tackle the character again. Moreover, after rumors have swirled that Depp could return as Captain Jack Sparrow, a rep for the actor literally said “it’s made up.” But that hasn’t stopped fans from bringing those “millions of alpacas” comments back into the fold of pop culture.
However, the character is still very popular with fans. When I mentioned earlier that Disney was “mostly done with Depp,” that’s not 100% the case. Captain Jack Sparrow is still a viable part of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World and Disneyland (even after the California ride underwent a renovation this summer).
Plus, after Depp won the lion’s share of the verdict in his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, Disney Parks are still incorporating the character into nightly shows. This includes shows like “Fantasmic” and “World of Color.” So he’s still a viable character for the company.
Anyway, Depp had already thought about how his story as Captain Jack would end before Disney put the movie on “suspended mode.” So, it looks like we would have been nearing the end of the character whether or not the hubbub of the trial became a focal point for the actor. Still, if the storyline were to be wrapped up, it likely would have been wrapped in Pirates of the Caribbean 6. And the fan art is a reminder of what could have been.