Johnny Depp won’t be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, it has been reported.
The 55-year-old’s iconic role as booze-swilling ladies’ man Jack Sparrow, was undoubtedly the stand-out character of the cast.
Alongside Edward Scissorhands and Willy Wonka, Jack Sparrow was also one of Johnny’s most iconic characters.
But it seems the leading man – who was been a part of the multi-million pound franchise since it was first established in 2003 – looks like he won’t be delighting audiences with his Keith Richards’-inspired character anymore.
According to Pirates of the Caribbean scriptwriter Stuart Beattie, Johnny won’t be returning.
Speaking to MailTV, he said: “I think he’s had a great run. Obviously he’s made the character his own and it’s become the character he’s most famous for.
“And kids all over the world love him as the character, so I think it’s been great for him, it’s been great for us so I’m just very, very happy about it.”
He added: “I think Jack Sparrow will be his legacy. It’s the only character he’s played five times, it’s the character he dresses up as to visit children in hospitals, it’s what he’ll be remembered for.
“Before Jack Sparrow came along, Depp was considered this kind of quirky, independent actor that made these really cool little Tim Burton films, but he was by no means a movie star and a lot of people thought we were crazy for casting him at the time.
“Because he wasn’t a proven commodity; you know, a big movie star. And we were making a big movie and we were putting this quirky, independent actor in the middle of it and people thought we were crazy. The fact that it worked is a miracle.
“They were certainly nervous watching the rushes everyday but when it all came together, something just clicked and it was magic and connected with audiences. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
The last film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise wasn’t received as well as previous efforts.
Dead Men Tell No Tales was the lowest performing movie in the film series.
Daily Star Online has contacted Johnny Depp’s spokesman for comment.