What Johnny Depp's Rep Has Said About Actor Returning to 'Pirates of the Caribbean'

Award-winning actor Johnny Depp is well known for numerous roles, including Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Willy Wonka and more. However, he is perhaps best-known across the globe for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, which spanned five movies over 14 years.

The final Pirates of the Caribbean film starring Depp was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales which hit cinemas in 2017.

He sued ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million in damages over a 2018 essay she wrote for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." The essay did not name Depp but his legal team argued the essay was false and destroyed his career. Heard counter-sued for $100 million.

In December 2018, Depp was officially dropped from the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie by Disney, following Heard's article.

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Johnny Depp, left, attends his trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 24, 2022 as Amber Heard, right, looks on. During and after the trial, there has been renewed interest in whether Depp will return to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise in the future. JIM WATSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Speaking at the defamation trial, Depp said he felt "betrayed" by Disney.

He said: "Having added much of myself, much of my own rewriting, the dialogue, the scenes, the jokes, I didn't quite understand how after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship with Disney that... suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent."

Earlier this month Depp won the defamation case against Heard after a Virginia jury ruled she was liable for defaming him.

Depp was awarded $15 million in damages. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages but $0 in punitive damages.

During and after the defamation trial, there has been renewed interest in whether Depp will return to Pirates of the Caribbean in the future but for those who are curious, the answer appears to be a firm no.

A representative for Depp was responding to a PopTopic report earlier this month that alleged Depp was working on a $301 million deal to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.

When asked about the report, the representative for the actor told NBC News, "This is made up."

This may come as no surprise to some Depp fans, considering Depp himself has stated he would not return to the franchise.

During the defamation trial, Depp was asked by Heard's attorney Ben Rottenborn if he would work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film in the future.

Rottenborn said: "The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film? Correct?"

Depp then replied: "That is true, Mr. Rottenborn."

Additionally, during the trial in May, Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer told The Sunday Times, that Depp is not set to return to the franchise "at this point," adding "the future is yet to be decided."

Instead, it seems as if Depp is more focused on his music career but he is set to star as controversial French King Louis XV in the next film directed by French actress, Maïwenn.

As Depp awaited the verdict in the defamation trial, he was spotted performing in the English city of Birmingham with Jeff Beck.

He is set to go on tour with his Hollywood Vampire bandmates—Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Tommy Henriksen—next year.

Shortly after he won his defamation case against Heard, he said in a statement he felt like the "jury gave me my life back."

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In this combination image, Johnny Depp is seen as Captain Jack Sparrow, left, in "Pirates of The Caribbean" and is pictured during his trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, right. Disney/Getty

His full statement reads: "Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye.

"False, very serious, and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back.

"I am truly humbled. My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought. From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.

"I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and the colossal support and kindness from around the world.

"I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up. I also hope that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media.

"I wish to acknowledge the noble work of the Judge, the jurors, the court staff, and the Sheriffs who have sacrificed their own time to get to this point, and to my diligent and unwavering legal team who did an extraordinary job in helping me to share the truth. The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun. Veritas numquam perit. Truth never perishes."

Heard, in her post-verdict statement said: "The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.

"I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.

"I believe Johnny's attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the U.K.

"I'm sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American—to speak freely and openly."