Image of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow is streamed to Disneyland Paris Castle following his victory in the libel case – weeks after the star agreed that ‘nothing on this earth’ would tempt him to reprise the Pirates role
- Disney lights up Johnny Depp’s face at Disneyland Paris castle over the weekend
- First time Disney has used it since leaving it in 2018 over ‘wife beater’ allegations
- Depp recently won his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard
- But Depp Said ‘Nothing On This Earth’ Would Make Him Work With Disney Again
A video has emerged showing how footage of Johnny Depp in Captain Jack Sparrow’s character is being projected onto Disneyland Paris’ castle – weeks after the star won his defamation case against Amber Heard.
The footage appeared over the weekend during an impressive Pirates of the Caribbean display featuring fireworks and pyrotechnics, in which a spoken line by Jack Sparrow can also be heard.
During their bitter court battle, Depp confirmed to Heard’s lawyer that ‘nothing on this earth’, not even ‘$300 million and a million alpacas’ could get him back working with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Disney fired Depp just four days after Heard made allegations of domestic abuse against him in a Washington Post editorial in 2018.
But last month a Virginia court ruled in Depp’s favor against his ex-wife in his defamation trial against her, ordering her to pay him $15 million in damages.
One of Depp’s central allegations in his lawsuit was that Heard calling himself a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’ caused him to lose his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the hit Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
An image of Captain Jack Sparrow’s avenged actor was projected onto the castle at Disneyland Paris over the weekend for the first time since the House of the Rat severed ties with Depp.
During the trial – which he won – Depp confirmed to Heard’s attorney that ‘nothing on this earth’, not even ‘$300 million and a million alpacas’ could get him back working with Disney on a Pirates movie. from the Caribbean.
One of Depp’s central allegations in his lawsuit was that Heard (pictured) calling herself a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’ caused him to lose his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the hit Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
The image was projected during an impressive Pirates of the Caribbean fireworks and pyrotechnics display in which a line spoken by Jack Sparrow can also be heard at Disneyland Paris over the weekend.
In 2018, Disney head of production Sean Bailey confirmed that Depp was no longer a part of the franchise’s future plans, but did not attribute the decision to allegations against him.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘We want to bring new energy and vitality. I love him [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason (writers) Paul (Wernick) and Rhett (Reese) are so interesting is that we want to kick their pants. And that’s what I charge them.
But the official line didn’t please many, and now fans are demanding that Disney apologize to Depp and reinstate him in the role of the beloved character.
The ruling clearly still bothers Depp, who told the court he believed it boiled down to allegations that he was a ‘wife beater’.
He said: “Two years went by of constant worldwide talk about me being this wife beater. So I’m pretty sure Disney was trying to sever ties for safety.
‘The #MeToo movement was in full swing at that time.’
Depp also maintained that Disney still wanted to cash in on the character despite removing him from the film series.
‘They didn’t remove my character from the toys,’ he explained to the court.
“They haven’t stopped selling Captain Jack Sparrow dolls. They didn’t stop selling anything.
‘They just didn’t want there to be something behind me that they would find.’
Captain Jack Sparrow became a beloved and iconic character who was the mainstay of Depp’s career – until Amber Heard’s accusations against him
2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was Depp’s last Disney appearance before he was fired in 2018 over allegations of domestic abuse.
So it seems like Depp wouldn’t be receptive to an apology from Disney executives for their decision to personally ditch him after still milking his character for profit.
Heard’s attorney Benjamin Rottenborn asked: ‘The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, would nothing in this world make you go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Correct?’
Depp replied, ‘That’s true, Mr. Rottenborn.’
Hollywood mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer has confirmed that there are two scripts still in the works for Pirates of the Caribbean 6, but none of them feature Johnny Depp.
Speaking about the prospect of a sequel with a female lead, he said: “We’re talking to Margot Robbie. We’re developing two scripts – one with her, one without.’
However, rumors have begun to persist that Depp will return in a supporting role alongside Robbie as Sparrow.