However, fans are still clamoring for Johnny Depp to return as the beloved Jack Sparrow.
Just around 2018, there were rumors circulating that Disney was looking to reboot its Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with a brand new cast and storyline. Though we can never have enough of our beloved Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann and the rest of the Black Pearl's crew, it would definitely be amazing to see a whole different plot within the same universe. Fans were wondering how Disney was ever going to live up to the epic persona that Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow had on screen but after five movies, the company is looking at new horizons for another lead character, MovieWeb reports.
True news: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Reboot Moving Forward With A Female Lead, Karen Gillan Eyed https://t.co/Vi5Vi2twaI— Skyler Shuler (@SkylerShuler) May 6, 2020
According to Disney insider Daniel Richtman, the studio will be going towards a reboot series and are actually planning to get a female lead for it. The success of Keira Knightley, Penelope Cruz, and Kaya Scodelario as chief supporting roles in the previous movies might have inspired the producers to experiment with a female lead this time. And do they have any hopefuls? Yes, they do!
On the top of Disney's list to lead the reboot is none other than Avengers: Endgame and Jumanji: The Next Level star Karen Gillan. As of now, it's still not known whether the actress has had any official talks with the studio and the producers but there is a high possibility that it could happen. Richtman said that he has heard rumors of Gillan as early as last fall while also mentioning that the studio is also considering women of color for the role. If that's the case, the role would be of a native Caribbean similar to what Sparrow was, with a strong touch of the ingenious culture rooted in their mannerisms and character, the report said.
Johnny got done dirty.— Steven Matthews 🔍📰 (@SMatthewsTFI) May 6, 2020
About Karen Gillian though... I am actually pretty impressed with her. Based on my limited knowledge, I always thought she was a great actor, and I've never seen her say anything ill of anyone ever. To seems to be an all around good person.
The fan speculations will now hit the roof now that Gillan's name has been getting more and more mentioned in connection with the female-lead for the upcoming reboot. Aside from that, there is also a possibility that the film will look to center around Redd, the popular female pirate that is featured in the Disney Parks attraction, and a classic meet-and-greet character.
So, Karen Gillan is being eyed to be the lead in the new Pirates of the Carribben reboot. If she doesn’t play Redd, it would be a huge missed opportunity. pic.twitter.com/ekuEqpEsMn— 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 | #𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘺𝘎𝘢𝘯𝘨 (@johneberlejr) May 6, 2020
Looking into the directorial aspect behind the reboot, Disney had looked into Chernobyl creators Craig Mazin and Ted Elliott, who were the writers for the previous POTC films. While that was being realized, it was made clear that Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman will produce the reboot. While this is in development, Disney has not completely ruled out the possibility of Depp returning, but since it is indeed a reboot and not a continuation of the plot from the fifth movie, it's unlikely that he returns.
Pirates of the Caribbean WITHOUT Johnny Depp? No thanks. I do like Karen Gillan. But Pirates is Johnny Depp. It will fail spectacularly without him. pic.twitter.com/fw7srhcPqO— ♥️ (@onceuponaclare) May 6, 2020
Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studious Motion Picture Production spoke with The Hollywood Reporter regarding the upcoming reboot but avoided the question of Depp's involvement. “We want to bring in new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.” By implying that they wanted to bring in new energy, it's understood that it might be a whole new cast. But then again, the post-credits scene in PotC: Dead Men Tell No Tales implied that Davy Jones was not done with yet, and we may yet see the return of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann.