Pirates Of The Caribbean fans threaten boycott over rumoured Johnny Depp female replacement in Pirates 6: ‘If it ain’t Depp I ain’t watching’
Pirates Of The Caribbean fans have threatened to boycott the next installment of the franchise after being horrified by the rumored replacement for Johnny Depp in the lead role.
It has been suggested that The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri is being considered by Disney to front the sixth film in the series, although others have dismissed this claim.
Seven years have passed since Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge came out as the fifth Pirates movie and there have been constant suggestions since a sixth was going to happen.
Faced with the prospect of a Depp-less edition, one fan wrote on X: ‘If it’s not Depp, I’m not watching.’
They were responding to a post by an account called ‘Unlimited L’s’ which also suggested that Edebiri’s character could be based on the 18th century pirate Anne Bonny – one of the most famous female pirates ever.
Pirates of the Caribbean fans have been spooked by rumors that Johnny Depp is being replaced for the next movie
Fans have been left reeling by suggestions that The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri would take over the lead role for a sixth Pirates Of The Caribbean
One fan said on X: ‘If it’s not Depp I’m not watching’
Other Pirates Of The Caribbean fans reacted similarly negatively.
They said: ‘No one will see it without Depp. When will they learn…
“Honestly, I don’t want any of this, I don’t care about pirates anymore if there’s no Depp…
“Another flop, I’m sure…
‘Disney will never learn…
“Disney can’t replace Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp created the role!”
However, it appears that many initial reports were misunderstood.
He claims to be the original source of the rumor, Daniel Richtman van RPK Newssaid that there would be no ‘replacement of Depp’, and that Edebiri was being considered for an attendance instead.
Any prospect of a new Pirates movie involving Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow looks bleak anyway, after the fallout of his court battle with ex-wife Amber Heard.
Disney fired their star man in 2018 shortly before Heard wrote an op-ed suggesting her ex was an abuser.
In court in 2022 – testifying in his trial when he sued Heard for defamation – Depp said he would never work for Disney again, even if they offered him $300 million.
One proposed spin-off revolved around the idea of Margot Robbie as the lead, but there were conflicting comments from the actress herself and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, with the latter insisting the idea was still ‘alive’ after the Barbie star said has it is ‘dead’ ‘.
Richtman added that anything involving The Bear’s Irish actress as Anne Bonny is not incompatible with another spin-off featuring Robbie coming out at some point.
Bonny formed a dynamic duo with fellow female pirate Mary Read in the early 1700s.
Their capture in 1720 caused a stir in Britain, as it was assumed that women could not be involved in such a violent, illegal practice.
Dressing like men and ‘fighting like warriors’, the pair were part of notorious pirate Calico Jack Rackam’s crew, who terrorized the seas.
Bonny and Read were referenced in the 1724 book, A General History of the Pyrates, by Charles Johnson – adding to their legend.
As their vanquished opponents lay dying, they reportedly bared their breasts to show that they had been killed by a woman.
Bonny was believed to be the Irish illegitimate daughter of a lawyer and a maid. She is thought to have been born in Old Head of Kinsale, in County Cork at the turn of the 18th century, before moving to the US with her father, who would dress her as a boy and call her ‘Andy’.
Sometime between 1714 and 1718, Bonny ran away with a sailor to New Providence in the Bahamas where she met Rackam, fell in love with him and had a child with him – who they left with friends in Cuba.
She left her sailor husband to become a pirate, saying that ‘no one fought more bravely at Rackam’s side’.
Bonny disguised herself as a man on Rackham’s sloop, and only he and eventually Mary Read were privy to her true sex.
Daniel Richtman of RPK News, who claims to be the original source of the rumour, suggested that he had been misrepresented, and that Edebiri was being earmarked for a spin-off.
Edebiri is thought to be in line to play Irish pirate Anne Bonny – one of the most famous female pirates ever
Bonny (above) formed a dynamic duo with fellow female pirate Mary Read in the early 1700s
In October 1720, Rackam and his crew were attacked by a sailor captained by Jonathan Barnet under an order from Nicholas Lawes, Governor of Jamaica.
Most of Rackam’s pirates offered little resistance as they were too drunk to fight, but Read and Bonny fought fiercely and managed to hold off Barnet’s troops for a short time.
Bonny was spared the death penalty as she was pregnant, said to have ‘pleaded her belly’, a rule in English common law that allowed women to have their execution postponed until they had given birth.
Her exact end is unknown, with no record of her death or imprisonment. Historians suggest that she may have returned to live with her father in the US.