Fans are sharply divided after learning that controversial actor Johnny Depp won’t play swashbuckling pirate Jack Sparrow in the upcoming Pirates Of The Caribbean reboot.
A Disney executive recently confirmed that Depp is unlikely to return for future films in the popular franchise.
Disney’s production chief, Sean Bailey, told The Hollywood Reporter that Pirates Of The Caribbean needs “new energy and vitality” while boldly predicting the series will survive without Depp’s star power.
But diehard fans of seafaring scallywag Jack Sparrow won’t accept a sequel without Johnny Depp.
''PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Reboot Without Johnny Depp''
— 💙 (@adoringashlisia) December 21, 2018
Industry gossip suggests that Jack Sparrow will be recast with a younger actor with less baggage.
Though adored for his performance as Sparrow, Depp has become a toxic commodity in Hollywood after widespread reports of domestic abuse and alcoholism in his personal life.
Despite all the criticism of Depp, fans still want him to play Jack Sparrow.
Johnny Depp has created one of the most iconic characters ever. Jack Sparrow IS the Pirates franchise, no way a reboot is gonna top what it's already created.
Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp = success
Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp = flop
— maría (@jonsmanager) December 20, 2018
If Pirates of the Caribbean films are made and Johnny Depp is not in the film, I will not watch it. Johnny Depp IS pirates of the Caribbean. End of.
— Maisie Gibbs (@maisieagibbs) December 23, 2018
Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp?Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, Thanks.
— lukeythetanuki (@thattrainslover) December 23, 2018
I hope Disney knows that literally no one is going to watch Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp
— Maddie Nasuti (@madelyn_nasuti) December 23, 2018
But others seem to approve of Disney’s decision to landlock Depp.
LMAO I am enjoying this so much
In the end of day abusers like Johnny Depp pay for their crimes
— IRMA (@LoretoMamanan) December 23, 2018
Please find a better replacement, don't disappoint us (fans)..
— Kumar Abhishek (@krabhishek1984) December 23, 2018
So hold up, Geena Davis does one shitty pirate movie and she's banished from Hollywood movies, but Johnny Depp does two,is notoriously difficult to work with, constantly inebriated, and has been accused of domestic abuse and we're still putting him in tent pole Harry Potter films
— Hannibal Montana (@MontanaHannibal) December 19, 2018
For the most part, Twitter is pretty disappointed with the casting change.
Dear @Disney @DisneyStudios, many of us watch Pirates of the Caribbean for Johnny Depp/Jack Sparrow. I'm not interested in watching a Depp-less Pirates of the Caribbean. And I have no interest in subscribing to your future streaming service. Bring back the Depp.
— Mind over Matter (@tryoung) December 22, 2018
Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp isn’t pirates of the Caribbean… pic.twitter.com/z68kDAGOXA
— 👽👽👽 (@Cheey_Williams) December 23, 2018
Some refuse to watch the new films.
I will NOT watch a Pirates of the Caribbean movie in which Johnny Depp is not Captain Jack Sparrow.
— Alex 🐞 (@AlexMEdwards2) December 24, 2018
— 🆁🅰🅽🅹🅸🆃🅷 (@Only_Ranjith) December 25, 2018
Pirates of the Caribbean is nothing without Captain Jack Sparrow, and the Captain is nothing without Johnny Depp.
No Johnny –> no Jack –> no Pirates.
Simple as that. pic.twitter.com/J7JVQzMFyF
— Babette White 💋✨🚀👾 (@babewhlte) December 20, 2018
Instead of replacing Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, y’all could just, ya know… stop.
— Wick-it (@DJWickit) December 23, 2018
No Depp? I'm out 🤷
— CΔɌɌΔZCO Ⓥ #ReleaseTheSnyderCut (@GabrielGc96) December 21, 2018
Though Depp won’t return to Pirates Of The Caribbean, he continues to be cast in blockbuster films like Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But in light of the allegations against him, does the embattled star deserve top billing in such high-profile projects?
It remains to be seen whether the actor’s troubled history will result in the loss of leading roles. For now, it seems like fans of Jack Sparrow are standing by Johnny Depp.