Disney has reportedly blocked Johnny Depp from returning to make a cameo appearance to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The studio had separated from the actor way before his libel trial unfolded.
However, they never formally announced or parted with the actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The publication also claims that Disney “balked” at the idea of executive producer, Jerry Bruckheimer of bringing the actor back for a cameo in the female-centric spin-off of the franchise.
The spin-off is rumored to be led by Margot Robbie. Johnny has been a part of the franchise of Pirates of the Caribbean for five consecutive movies from 2006 to 2017. The THR report also claims how Jerry is one of Johnny’s biggest champions as he allegedly tried to cover for the star.
He had said at the time of his finger accident that the injury happened because he got it caught in a car door. Although the actor has claimed that the accident happened because ex-wife, Amber Heard smashed it with a bottle. Although the producer tried to get the actor into the franchise again, Disney has rejected the idea.
His relationship with Johnny is also said to have frayed in recent months. Johnny has his fans no matter what as there are multiple petitions signed by more than a million fans. They have demanded the actor be brought back in his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
“Heard has systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood”
It was reported that the actor had tried to keep his ex from starring in the 2018 action film, Aquaman. The actor is said to have tried to have her replaced from the movie. Johnny had expressed his desire to have the actress removed in a message sent to his sister, Christi Dembrowski. She is a producer who once had a deal with the studio and still wielded influence at the company.
‘I want her replaced on the WB film,’ he allegedly wrote to Christi. According to THR, the message was uncovered in Jusge Justice Nicol’s 132-page ruling against Johnny. The actor lost his defamation lawsuit against The Sun claiming the publication had labelled him as “wife-beater” without any evidence.
The news comes right after fans have made a petition to have Amber removed from the Disney movie which has received more than 1.5 million signatures. Fans claim she systemically crusaded to ruin the actor’s career. “Since Heard’s divorce from Johnny Depp, she has systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood,” the petition claimed.
Even after the ruling for his libel trial, fans have stood by the actor has provided evidence time and again that Amber was the one who abused the actor. According to the petition, the actress has created false accounts of him being the abuser. They demanded Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to remove Heard from production.
Amber, however, said that it was paid rumors and campaigns on social media that does not dictate the casting decisions. She claimed it had no basis in reality. “Only the fans actually made Aquaman and Aquaman 2 happen. I’m excited to get started next year.”
Depp Files Court Of Appeal
Both Johnny and Amber have accused each other of domestic abuse and both of them have denied the claims of the other. They ended their two-year marriage in 2017.
Johnny has now filed an application with the Court of Appeal. It is still unclear on what grounds did the actor file the appeal. The decision of his application for permission to appeal would likely be made.
Johnny denied all claims of abuse and provided proof that claimed Amber Heard was the one who abused him. She also denied all claims and they had their trial for three-weeks. The actor’s lawyers had revealed that he would appeal against the judgment.
His lawyers stated the ruling as “perverse as it is bewildering”. The same judge who ruled the case has dismissed the actor’s appeal application. He claims that he does not believe that it had a reasonable prospect of success.
In his ruling, Mr. Justice Nicol wrote: “The findings of fact by a first instance tribunal (particularly one, such as myself, who has heard oral evidence) are rarely open to challenge on appeal.