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Pirates of the Caribbean became a billion dollar franchise for Disney over the course of its five films. The latest movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, was released in 2017, but was deemed a slight failure, as it only garnered $794 million at the box office. Since then, Captain Jack Sparrow star Johnny Depp has been involved in a very public court case against a British newspaper, and his ex-wife Amber Heard. During this case, Depp was branded a “wife beater”, and subsequently lost his job working with Warner Bros. on the third film in ’s Fantastic Beasts franchise.

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Throughout 2020 rumours suggested Depp had also been dropped from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series.

This had never been confirmed, and is a little hard to swallow for fans, as Depp is the life and soul of the series.

However, a new report has now claimed the star is, in fact, out of the franchise for good.

The report suggests that Pirates of the Caribbean’s producer, and Depp’s longterm friend, Jerry Bruckheimer, was pushing for the 57-year-old to return for the next movie.

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But the THR report explains that Disney “balked” at the idea of bringing Depp back.

If true, this is a massive blow to the series, as the Edward Scissorhands star arguably made the series what it is today.

It was previously thought that Depp would be included in the new films as a cameo character - but to no avail.

Unhappy fans have turned to a petition on Change.org in recent months, crying out for Disney to

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