Disney is done with Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow! Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Stuart Beattie has publicly confirmed the news! Depp, who led all five franchise movies that grossed a total of approximately $4.5 billion, will not be reprising his role.

The reason behind Johnny Depp’s firing from Pirates of the Caribbean!

Stuart said in a public statement addressing Captain Jack as the actor’s legacy,

Johnny Depp in a costume of the Jack Sparrow

“I think he’s had a great run. Obviously, he’s made that character his own and it’s become the character he’s most famous for now. And kids all over the world love him as that character so I think it’s been great for him, it’s been great for us, so I’m just very, very happy about it.”

He added more on how an independent actor became a household name saying,

“Before Jack Sparrow came along, Depp was considered this kind of quirky, independent actor that made these really cool little Tim Burton films, but he was by no means a movie star and a lot of people thought we were crazy for casting him at the time.”

The franchise has axed the superstar as Disney Studios plans a major reboot. The 55 years old actor, whose personal dramas have recently dogged him, last adventured as Sparrow in the lowest-performing movie of the franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales. Here are why Johnny Depp will no longer be in the movie series.

1. Getting Along with Drugs and Alcohol

Johnny Depp has struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for much of his life, starting smoking at just 12 and drugs and alcohol shortly after that. He has been vocal about his never-ending battle with addiction numerous times.

Johnny Depp wearing a cap and accessories

On one occasion, he stated, I investigated wine and spirits thoroughly, and they also investigated me. We found out that we got along beautifully, but maybe too well.

Depp’s addiction has also significantly affected his life, including his relationships with his long-time partner, Vanessa Paradis and Amber Heard. Now, it seems like it has cost his well-to-do career as well.

2. Johnny Depp and his Countless Run-ins with Law

The law started chasing Depp in the 80s when he was arrested for assaulting a security guard at a hotel in 1989. Depp damaged his hotel room in NYC in 1994. A disabled medical professor Robin Eckert sued the talented actor as Depp’s bodyguards attacked the man. Later, Heard sued Johnny for breaching Australia’s strict biosecurity laws in 2015.

Johnny Depp being arrested by the cops

Likewise, in March 2016, he sued his management company, accusing them of mismanaging his money, but the company backfired him suing him for unpaid fees. More recently, in July 2018, he allegedly got himself in trouble after punching a crew member twice in the ribs, reportedly under drugs and alcohol.

3. Troubled Relationships of Johnny Depp

Twice-divorced Depp married Lori Anne Allison from 1983 to 1985. And he shortly engaged Jennifer Grey and Sherilyn Fenn. Afterward, from tattooing “WINONA FOREVER” for his short-time love interest, Winona Ryder, to dating Kate Moss, he has always made headlines for his personal life.

Johnny Depp and Amber heard

He shares two children: a son, John “Jack” Christopher Depp III and a daughter, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, with Vanessa Paradis, whom he was with from 1998 to 2012. Afterward, his high-profile divorce from Amber Heard, who accused him of verbal and domestic abuse, is a known story.

4. Casting in Fantastic Beasts Sequel

Following domestic violence accusations by Heard, fans raised “legitimate concerns” regarding Depp’s casting in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beast and the Crimes of Grindelwald

J.K. Rowling defended the actor at the time, saying,

“The film-makers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but [are] genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”

Later, in an interview to promote the movie, Depp stated that Rowling publicly supported him because she had seen the evidence that the allegations were false. Not only did Depp face backlash for the allegations, but fans criticized Rowling for featuring an alleged abuser in her films.

These are the problems, to name a few, that have bound the actor. What will Pirates of the Caribbean be like without Johnny Depp? Spill your thoughts below.

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