After an intense six-week defamation trial, Johnny Depp emerged the victor against ex-wife Amber Heard.
The actor, who was awarded compensatory damages of £8million as well as a further £4million in punitive damages, appears to be in high spirits as he tours the UK with Jeff Beck.
However, Depp's future in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise is still unlikely. Depp – who played Captain Jack Sparrow in five films of the hit franchise – was meant to return for the sixth instalment.
He was later dropped from the role because of the domestic abuse allegations made by Amber Heard, according to his agent.
Here's what you need to know about the future of Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean, and who might replace Depp.
Who will replace Johnny Depp in Pirates Of The Caribbean?
Margot Robbie is reportedly in talks to star in a sequel to the Pirates Of The Caribbean.
Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced all five of the previous films starring Depp, confirmed that talks were ongoing with Robbie.
He said: "Yes. We're talking to Margot Robbie. "We are developing two Pirates scripts – one with her, one without."
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While the script without her has been described as a reboot of the original, the script featuring the Suicide Squad actress is thought to be a "wholly original" story inspired "by the long-running attraction at Disneyland", according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In 2020, Robbie also teased the possibility of her appearing in a new Pirates film – originally planned with Depp.
Describing the film as with "lots of girl power," the Australian actress said: "I’m not a producer on Pirates, so I’ll sit back and kind of wait for the process.
"We’re really, really excited at the prospect of adding obviously a very key female element to that world."
What has Depp said about returning to Pirates Of The Caribbean?
Bruckheimer has confirmed there are no plans for Depp's return to the franchise, saying: "Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided."
Depp has also ruled out appearing in the films again, testifying in court that nothing would make him reprise the role or work with Disney again.
Previously, Depp’s attorney Jessica Meyer claimed that the actor was keen to reprise his role in the sixth instalment to round off his character’s story arc.
During the trial, Depp said: "My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye. There’s a way to end a franchise like that… I planned on continuing until it was time to stop."
But he then stated he wouldn't return to the franchise even if offered all the money "on this earth".
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