Johnny Depp may have won over the jury in his defamation trial against Amber Heard, but it doesn’t mean Disney has had a change of heart about firing the actor from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
On Monday, a rumor began to circulate suggesting Disney was negotiating a $301 million deal for the actor to return to the movie franchise as his popular character Jack Sparrow.
Gossip website PopTopic cited an unidentified source that Disney wanted Depp to reprise his role after the actor fought to restore his damaged reputation.
“Disney is very interested in patching up their relationship with Johnny Depp,” the source told the site. “They are very hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and return as his iconic character.”
Once the rumor began to gain traction, Depp’s representative shut down the speculation.
“This is made up,” a spokesperson for the actor told NBC News.
Depp starred in all five of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies but was not included in plans for the sixth film.
During the defamation trial against Heard, Depp stated he was not interested in appearing in future films for the movie franchise.
At the time, Heard’s lawyer Ben Rottenborn asked the 59-year-old actor, “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film? Correct?”
Depp replied, “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.”
Although Depp is not negotiating a deal with Disney, his lawyer Camille Vasquez has been fielding offers from law firms and the entertainment industry. Since the June 1 verdict, Vasquez has reportedly been in talks with network executives and agents about several projects, including speaking engagements, broadcasting roles, and starting a production company.
Vasquez has also received offers from major law firms and has even been contacted by a high-profile client who would like to hire her for their upcoming trial.