Ayo Edebiri Rumored To Replace Johnny Depp As The New Lead For Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'

By maks in Showbiz On 9th February 2024

The legal battle between Depp and Heard was widely covered in the media, concluding in June 2022 with a jury ruling in favor of the actor known for his role in 'Fantastic Beasts.'

Despite swirling rumors that Disney might want him back for the iconic role, it was confirmed that Depp's time as part of the franchise had come to an end.

Depp reportedly made it clear during the trial that he had no interest in returning to the role, despite any proposals that might have been put forward by Disney.

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In a pivotal moment during the trial, he was asked the question:

"If Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film?"

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Actor Johnny Depp last played the character of Jack Sparrow back in 2017. Credit: Rich Fury/Getty

Depp's answer was straightforward and resolute: "That is true."

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Depp took a moment to look back on his journey as Captain Jack Sparrow and his interactions with the production company.

He shared, "Captain Jack Sparrow was a character that I had built from the ground up and was something that I put a lot of - you put a lot of yourself into characters."

"And also having worked on those films with those people, and having put a lot of my own rewriting, dialogue, scenes, and jokes and whatever they are," he explained to the jury.

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He expressed his bafflement and disappointment, stating:

"I didn't quite understand how, after that long relationship, and quite a successful relationship, certainly for Disney, that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent."

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Johnny Depp said he would never reprise the role of Jack Sparrow under Disney. Credit: Kevin Dietsch/Getty

With Depp no longer continuing his portrayal of Jack Sparrow, speculation has been rampant about who will next helm the role.

Initially, Margot Robbie's name was on everyone's lips as a potential successor.

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In 2020, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Robbie was teaming up with Christina Hodson to usher in a new chapter for the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

However, this project seemed to lose momentum a few months down the line.

Robbie discussed with Vanity Fair her vision for the project, saying:

"We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led - not totally female-led - but just a different kind of story, which we thought would've been really cool."

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She hinted at Disney's hesitance with, "But I guess they don't want to do it," potentially pointing towards the studio's reluctance.

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Margot Robbie opened up about an upcoming female-led Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty

Despite the setbacks, producer Jerry Bruckheimer seemed optimistic in a subsequent interview with The Sun, where he insisted:

"It's alive for me. It's alive for Disney."

He speculated that Robbie's packed schedule might make the delay beneficial, emphasizing: "We believe we'll get it made. It's a very strong story."

Amidst these developments, Ayo Edebiri has emerged as a new potential lead for the franchise.

Several sources, including The Hollywood Handle and News.com.au, are abuzz with speculation that Disney is eyeing Edebiri for a pivotal role in the next 'Pirates' installment, tentatively titled Pirates 6.

It's been suggested that Edebiri might portray a character inspired by the historical figure Anne Bonny, adding a fresh face and narrative to the saga.

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As of now, there hasn't been an official confirmation regarding Edebiri's casting, but the hope among fans and followers is palpable.

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Ayo Edebiri might be taking over Johnny Depp's role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Credit: Michael Kovac/Getty/AFI

The potential for Edebiri to bring a new dynamic to the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series is a thrilling prospect many are eager to see realized.

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Everyone is on pins and needles, waiting to see if these rumors will solidify into fact.

The anticipation for what's next in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series is at an all-time high!