Johnny Depp was mired in a slander case against Amber Heard in May 2022. Four days a week, Depp traveled from his hotel room to the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia, where the gallery and online viewers heard new charges, allegations, and disclosures about the couple's turbulent relationship.
Depp was fired from Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Universal's Fantastic Beasts franchise due to his ex-wife's relentless attempts to defame his character. In spring 2022, as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard battled in Virginia, rumours surfaced about another successful actor playing Captain Jack Sparrow.
Disney may cast Dwayne Johnson as Pirates in May 2022, according to media reports. Due to Johnson's success in Hollywood and his relationship with Disney, the idea of the studios welcoming Johnson aboard the Black Pearl didn't seem too far-fetched,
though many fans of the swashbuckling film franchise were up in arms over such a proposal, saying they'd boycott any Pirates film that didn't feature Johnny Depp as the drunken, witty Captain Jack.
Johnson played Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious and Black Adam in the same-named film. His Disney films include Race to Witch Mountain (2007), The Game Plan (2009), Moana (2016), and The Jungle Cruise (2021). He is one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors and recently revealed Disney's live-action Moana sequel.
WWE star Johnson became a Hollywood celebrity. He started performing in 2001 but retired in 2019. Johnson has been mentioned in a $3 billion kidnapping lawsuit by former TNA wrestler Trenesha Biggers, formerly known as Rhaka Khan.
Khan alleges that Johnson and several other defendants—individuals, groups, government agencies, and businesses—conspired to kidnap Biggers and her children.
Following the lawsuit against the former wrestler, Essentially Sports reports that speculation of Johnson playing Captain Jack has ceased. According to the rumor, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer may be obsessed with recasting Johnny Depp in the sixth film:
From Oscar's red carpet, producer Jerry Bruckheimer announced Depp's casting in the upcoming Pirates picture. “We’re all working on it,” Bruckheimer said. We’ll see. We’re thrilled. We're close to a wonderful screenplay."
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