Johnny Depp is reportedly set to ‘return’ to Pirates of the Caribbean after being dropped from the franchise in 2018.
Depp has starred in five Pirates films over the past 15 years and made what was believed to be his final voyage on the Black Pearl in 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales.
But a source told Poptopic the actor, 59, was in talks with Disney over a “$300 million deal” after winning his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.
Exciting: Johnny Depp reportedly set to ‘return’ to Pirates of the Caribbean after being dropped from franchise in 2018
The insider revealed that Disney wanted to rekindle the relationship with Depp and recently reached out to him.
They said: “They contacted the actor ahead of his libel trial against Amber Heard and asked if he would be interested in returning for another pirate movie or two.
The source added that another project is in the works for Disney Plus. They said: “The deal would be for Johnny Depp to return as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6 and a Disney Plus spin-off series about the early days of the Captain of the Black Pearl.”
They continued, “What I can tell you is that the studio has already written a draft for a Jack Sparrow movie, so they’re very hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and return as their iconic character.”
Sad: Depp has been the main lead in five Pirates films over the past 15 years and made what was thought to be his final voyage on the Black Pearl in 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales
The source said the media house was working on a “$301 million deal” to entice Depp to return soon and would also have added a “significant donation” to a charity chosen by Depp as a show of goodwill.
The Edward Scissorhands star previously told the jury that he would not work with Disney again after being eliminated from the sixth Pirates film.
His legal team claims Depp lost $22 million in wages after Heard published his Washington Post op-ed in 2018 which did not identify Depp but clearly labeled him a domestic abuser.
Depp said he felt like he was “guilty until proven guilty” with Disney executives.
Throwback: A source told Poptopic the actor, 59, was in talks with Disney over a ‘$300 million deal’ after winning his Amber Heard defamation lawsuit again
Original Pirates screenwriter Stuart Beattie was the first to publicly confirm that Disney Studios was dropping the star in 2018 as they reworked the entire franchise.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMailTV at a red carpet event in Hollywood, Beattie confirmed on camera that the reboot means Depp is out as Sparrow.
Nodding when it was suggested Depp was out, he said: “I think he had a great run.” Obviously, he appropriated this character and it became the character he is most famous for.
“And kids all over the world love him as a character, so I think it’s been awesome for him, it’s been awesome for us, so I’m very, very happy about that.”
Depp sued Heard for the op-ed she wrote, describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.”
The jury ruled in favor of Depp on all three of his claims regarding specific statements in the 2018 article.
The jury found that Depp should be awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but the judge reduced the amount of punitive damages to $350,000 under a state cap .
Heard said she plans to appeal the verdict as she teeters on the brink of bankruptcy.
A source close to the Aquaman star has claimed the 36-year-old actress is ‘broken’ that she ‘considers her Hollywood career over’ and ‘has nothing to lose’ after a disastrous few months.
Heard admitted through her attorney that she could not afford the $8.3 million in damages awarded to Depp.
Ex: Heard publicly admitted she couldn’t pay Depp (right) after the jury awarded her $10million and just $2million in their high-profile court battle
Lawyers for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard failed to reach a last-minute settlement that could have reduced the damages the actress owed her ex-husband, following their defamation lawsuit. six weeks that ended earlier this month.
Instead, the trial judge formalized the jury award on Friday with a written order that Heard pay Depp $10.35 million for damaging his reputation by portraying himself as a victim of domestic violence in a editorial she wrote.
Judge Penney Azcarate finalized the verdict by entering a judgment order in the court docket after a brief hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court. Neither Depp nor Heard were present.
She also ordered Depp to pay Heard $2 million, the jury’s reward for its counterclaim that Heard had been defamed by one of Depp’s attorneys.
The order was a formality after the jury announced their verdict on June 1, largely siding with Depp after a sensational trial in which the couple revealed grim details about their short marriage during a televised trial that was closely followed on social media.
Lawyers for Depp and Heard were unable to reach a last-minute settlement, which now means there could be a lengthy and costly appeal process.
In three weeks, the case will be transferred to the Virginia Court of Appeals, during which time both parties will have 30 days to file a notice of appeal.
Update: Defamation trial judge Johnny Depp-Amber Heard formalized jury award on Friday