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According to reports, Disney is negotiating a $300 million agreement with Johnny Depp to star in both a Disney Plus spin-off series and the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
After winning his high-profile legal case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, earlier this month, the actor, 59, is reportedly being asked to reprise his role as the renowned Captain Jack Sparrow.
According to reports, Johnny was fired from the franchise in 2018 and stated he wasn’t interested in coming back in his latest defamation trial.
However, a source claims that Disney wants the actor to return to his iconic role in both the sixth movie and a spin-off series that explores the character’s past.
According to the insider who spoke to Poptopic, the studio is eager to bring Depp back for the sixth movie and the spin-off series, and they’re reportedly willing to pay him some £244 million to do it.
Disney are really interested in mending their connection with [Depp], they told the magazine earlier this month. According to the source, the corporation allegedly contacted Depp before his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, which resulted in his victory in the legal dispute.
The studio has already written the first script of a movie about Jack Sparrow, so they are extremely hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and return in [his role].
A deal for $301 million (£244 million), according to the source, is being worked on by Disney and will include a sizable donation to the charity of Depp’s choice.
According to reports, Depp was fired from the sixth movie around the time his ex-wife Heard published her now-famous op-ed about domestic violence in the Washington Post.
After Heard published the op-ed in 2018, calling herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse,” the actor filed a $50 million lawsuit against her. Depp was sued again by Heard for $100 million.
Depp’s attorneys contended that the piece misrepresented his alleged mistreatment of Heard even if she didn’t specifically mention him by name. It was asserted that the story had harmed his career and that he had lost out on $22 million in earnings from the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
In his slander lawsuit, the jury gave Johnny Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Additionally, the jury gave Heard $2 million in compensatory damages.
Johnny was questioned about his future with the brand during his trial.
Benn Rottenborn, the attorney for Amber, posed the following query to the performer: “The truth is, Mr. Depp, there is nothing on earth that could persuade you to reunite with Disney and work on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, even if they offered you $300 million and a million alpacas. Correct?”