Johnny Depp fired from Pirates of the Caribbean franchise

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The trailer of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is released to the public last Sunday night. Like most trailers, it promises an action-packed, swashbuckling film complete with a sinister villain, new interesting characters, stunning visual effects and a mysterious story where viewers are enticed to march to the nearest movie theater come premiere night.

However, a key figure in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is clearly absent from the teaser trailer. Jack Sparrow, who is played by actor Johnny Depp, is nowhere to be found in the 75-seconds trailer although a wanted poster of him was shown.

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Johnny Depp is arguably the heart and soul of the Pirates franchise as his portrayal of Jack Sparrow was a massive success among the fans that eventually spawned three more films revolving on the said character’s adventures.

Whether or not his absence is related to the domestic abuse allegations by ex-wife Amber Heard and his alleged financial problems, it is a buzzy way to bring back a franchise that has not been on the pop culture radar for awhile.

Although it has been confirmed that Depp will reprise his role as the zany pirate captain in the upcoming film, speculations are rife that Disney is soft rebooting the franchise and eventually release a Pirates movie sans Depp.

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According to the MTV, the new Pirates movie will focus heavily on Will Turner’s (Orlando Bloom) son Henry (Brenton Thwaites) as based on the trailer where the film’s main villain played by Javier Bardem is asking a boy where Jack Sparrow is.

Various online sources also suggest that the new Pirates installment will center on the Turner family based on reports confirming the return of actor Orlando Bloom to the franchise. Bloom has not been seen since Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End when his character decided to own the Flying Dutchman, making him eternally bound to the ship for the rest of his life.

However fans will have to wait if these speculations are true as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters on May 26, 2017.

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