A petition to bring Jonny Depp back to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is gaining traction.
The petition is receiving new attention amid Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard.
Depp’s talent manager testified that Depp lost out on $22.5 million when the sixth ‘Pirates’ movie was canceled.
A petition on Change.org to bring Johnny Depp back to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is receiving renewed attention and thousands of signatures amid his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Titled “Justice for Johnny Depp,” the petition currently has more than 475,000 signatures as of Saturday. The organizer of the petition, Kimberly Giles, addressed Disney in the petition, saying that “Amber Heard ruined Johnny Depp’s life as well as career.” Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow, a pirate who serves as the main protagonist of the franchise.
“Johnny Depp deserves his life back the way it was before Amber Heard came along, because no actor or actress could ever say this man is not an amazing actor,” the petition reads. “If you were falsely accused of something you did not do, then there’s proof you didn’t do it and you still were treated like a bad person, wouldn’t you want Justice??”
Giles continued: “Johnny Depp deserves to continue his roll [sic] as Sparrow. I believe that removing him was a mistake on your end but quite stupid if you ask me … Please have a change of heart and do not release that movie without Johnny Depp.” Updates from Giles and comments on the page date back two years.
Giles and representatives for Change.org did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Another appeal requesting the entertainer return to the establishment has more than 778,000 marks as of Saturday. The appeal subtleties don’t specify the criticism preliminary, however some analysts on the page have referred to Heard and the fight in court between the previous couple. Remarks on the page date back four years.
Depp’s ability chief Jack Whigham affirmed recently that Depp missed out on $22.5 million when the 6th “Privateers” film was dropped following Heard’s charges of misuse. Whigham said Heard’s 2018 commentary for The Washington Post, in which she portrayed herself as a survivor of homegrown maltreatment without naming Depp, had a “disastrous” impact on the entertainer’s vocation.
Depp is suing Heard over the article, alleging that the actress verbally and physically abused him. Heard has denied the allegations and countersued, accusing Depp of physical and verbal abuse on numerous occasions throughout their relationship, which ended in 2016.
Depp was also “asked to resign” from his role in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise in 2020 after losing a libel case against UK newspaper The Sun. A long-running petition to remove Heard from “Aquaman 2” also gained traction during the trial and has reached 3.7 million signatures as of Saturday.
Experts told Insider that Heard came off less authentic than Depp when she took the stand in the fourth week of the trial, but she’s still likely to win the case. Insider’s Jacob Shamsian and Ashley Collman reported that Heard won’t be subject to cross-examination from Depp’s lawyers until May 16, giving the jurors a week for her testimony to sink in unchallenged.
A two-year-old petition calling for Johnny Depp’s return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has started to circulate in the midst of his defamation trial against Amber Heard.
In December 2018, Heard composed a commentary for the Washington Post wherein she described her encounters with homegrown maltreatment. Depp documented a $50 million slander claim against Heard in March 2019 guaranteeing that she lied in her piece; Heard recorded a $100 million countersuit against Depp for maligning also. During the preliminary, Heard related encounters of supposed actual maltreatment and rape during her union with Depp.
“If it’s not too much trouble, have a shift in perspective and don’t deliver that film without Johnny Depp,” the appeal essayist said, tending to the Walt Disney Company straightforwardly. “Indeed, you might be setting aside cash without him, yet no one in this world thinks often about that film in the event that it doesn’t have him in it. Rethink your choice!!” Depp has depicted Captain Jack Sparrow in each of the five Pirates of the Caribbean films, beginning with Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003. Depp turned out to be so well known in the job that another request started circling in 2022, with fans requesting the entertainer’s return as Captain Jack for the 6th portion in the establishment.
During the preliminary, it was affirmed by Depp’s representative, Christian Carino, that the entertainer played lost his part as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6 because of Heard’s opinion piece, which cost him an almost $22.5 million check from Disney. Depp likewise expressed during the preliminary that regardless of whether Disney were to returned with a proposal for his return, “nothing on this planet” would inspire him to return for the 6th Pirates film.
In November 2020, Depp was also asked by Warner Bros. to step down from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore following his messy, public divorce from Heard. This led to a long legal battle between the actor and The Sun, who sued the British tabloid for libel after a headline referred to him as a “wife-beater,” a fight he would ultimately lose. Depp claimed that he was being blacklisted by Hollywood as a result, and the actor issued a statement taking a stand against “cancel culture” and implored his fans to do the same.