Former Disney exec hints Johnny Depp will return to the 'Pirates of the Caribbean'

Former Disney exec hints Johnny Depp will return to the 'Pirates of the Caribbean'

Depp, 58, won all three defamation claims in his case brought against ex-wife Amber Heard, 36.

A former Walt Disney Studios executive has claimed that Johnny Depp could someday return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This comes after the verdict in his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard was released. After six weeks of testimony in the defamation trial between Pirates of the Caribbean star and his ex-wife Heard, Depp won all three defamation claims in his case. Depp first filed the $50 million lawsuit in March 2019 claiming that Heard's 2018 Washington Post op-ed ruined his Hollywood career. The lawsuit was postponed due to the pandemic and resumed recently with Heard countersued for $100million. Depp was awarded $15 million in damages but Heard will only have to pay $10.35 million due to Virginia law cap on punitive damages. The Aquaman star was awarded $2m in compensatory damages.



In a statement after the verdict, Depp said that the "best is yet to come" for him. "Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye," he said. "False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back."



Now a former Walt Disney Studios executive thinks Johnny Depp will return to the big screen as his most iconic character: Captain Jack Sparrow. "I absolutely believe post-verdict that Pirates is primed for rebooting with Johnny as Capt. Jack back on board," the former exec told PEOPLE. "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 insider added.



Heard herself has responded to the verdict via a statement which said, "The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evdence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence and sway of my ex-husband. I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback," she added. "It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously. I believe Johnny's attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the U.K. I'm sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American — to speak freely and openly."






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