Superstar Johnny Depp has been dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. Depp has starred as the popular character Captain Jack Sparrow in five movies over the last 15 years.
The news comes when Disney Studios is planning a major reboot for the franchise.
The original scriptwriter of the franchise, Stuart Beattie, is the first to publicly confirm that Disney Studios appears to be ditching the star as they rework the entire franchise.
Depp, who has been dogged by personal dramas over the past four years, saw his last outing as Jack Sparrow in Dead Men Tell No Tales, which became the lowest performing movie of the films.
Depp has played the role in five films across 14 years which have accumulated box office takings of over $4.5 billion making it the twelfth biggest franchise of all time.
Reportedly, the animation studio – alongside producing powerhouse Jerry Bruckheimer – is targeting Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for script duties of the franchise reboot.
The most recent Pirates film, Dead Men Tell No Tales, was released in 2015 with director Joachim Rønning stating it was “only the beginning of the final adventure.”