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Is Johnny Depp Returning to the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Franchise?

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AFTER JOHNNY DEPP won his defamation suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, clearing his name of false allegations of domestic violence, the press and many movie fans wondered if it was possible to see the actor back on the big screen, specifically, playing his most iconic character: Captain Jack Sparrow from the famed Pirates of the Caribbean.

While nothing is clear at this point, there are positive indications that Depp could return to the film industry and even reprise the role of Jack Sparrow, a former Disney executive told People magazine on condition of anonymity.

“I absolutely believe post-verdict that Pirates is primed for rebooting with Johnny as Capt. Jack back on board,” the exec told the magazine. “There is just too much potential box-office treasure for a beloved character deeply embedded in the Disney culture.

“With [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer riding high on the massive success of Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick, there is huge appetite for bringing back bankable Hollywood stars in massively popular franchises,” the exec added, who ties Depp’s return as Jack Sparrow to potential box office success.

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A group of tourists are seen taking photographs of a wax figure of the Pirates of the Caribbean series character Jack Sparrow (left), played by actor Johnny Depp, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Thursday, May 12, 2011. (EFE) At the time, the fourth episode of the saga, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, was being released in the Netherlands.

What does Bruckheimer say about Johnny Depp’s return as Jack Sparrow?

Jerry Bruckheimer is the producer of major motion picture hits including Armageddon, Top Gun, Bad Boys, Pearl Harbor and, of course, Pirates of the Caribbean.

The hit franchise’s own producer recently addressed the future of Pirates of the Caribbean and Captain Jack Sparrow in an interview with The Sunday Times.

According to Bruckheimer, two scripts are currently in development for the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. One of the scripts is being written considering the performance of Australian actress Margot Robbie (31) and another without her participation.

On Johnny Depp playing Jack Sparrow, Bruckheimer said the actor is unlikely to play Sparrow in the recent future. “Not at this point,” he said. However, he also added that “the future is yet to be decided,” leaving open a small window for public interpretation.

The caveat is important, because his comments were given in mid-May, and the trial ended in early June; with an avalanche of positive comments and support around the triumph of Johnny Depp, who said in a statement that he felt “at peace” with the sentence and that the best for him is yet to come.

Johnny Depp’s statement following the jury’s verdict has more than 18,000,000 likes and nearly one million comments.

Hollywood insiders and experts interviewed by People magazine — all on condition of anonymity — said Johnny Depp’s career is likely to rebound after the trial because he generally won public support during it.

“I do feel someone will give him a chance. He is very likable and very talented. A studio will just have to gauge and see it worth the risk and value, but he also won public opinion. He gained a whole new fan base through this and, yes, he will be back,” one of the industry sources told PEOPLE.