Disney reportedly distanced itself from Johnny Depp even before he lost his libel case against The Sun, which in a 2018 article called him a ‘wife beater’
Disney blocked Johnny Depp from making a cameo appearance in the upcoming Pirates Of The Caribbean film, it’s claimed.
The company reportedly distanced itself from Depp, 57, even before he lost his libel case against The Sun, which in a 2018 article called him a “wife beater” because of his ex-wife Amber Heard’s allegations of abuse, which he strenuously denied.
He played Captain Jack Sparrow in all five Pirates Of The Caribbean films from 2006 to 2017.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney “balked” at executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s idea of bringing back Depp for a cameo in the new spin-off, which is said to be led by Margot Robbie.
The firm reportedly thought a cameo could do damage to its family friendly image.
The Mirror has contacted Disney and reps for Depp for comment.
More than 350,000 people signed a petition to bring Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow last month.
The petition read: “They have to bring him back to rule the seas again or we will never watch any Pirates of the Caribbean movie without our Captain.”
Depp was also removed from his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie series after losing his libel case against The Sun.
His solicitor Jenny Afia, from the Schillings law firm, had said the High Court ruling was “as perverse as it is bewildering”, adding: “The judgment is so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr Depp not to appeal this decision.”
The same judge then denied Depp permission to appeal against the findings, and ordered him to pay £628,000 in legal costs to The Sun.
Depp has now applied to the Court of Appeal to overturn the ruling.