Captain Jack Sparrow is the most iconic role in Johnny Depp’s repertoire. The screenwriter originally wrote the character for someone else.
Whether Raoul Duke, John Dillinger, Edward Scissorhands or Donnie Brasco: Johnny Depp has embodied numerous iconic characters in his almost 40-year acting career. But the best known as well as the most popular remains Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The chaotic pirate should once be played by another star, like slash movie reported.
It’s hard to imagine where the Pirates of the Caribbean series would be today without Johnny Depp. In a total of five feature films, he gave countless film fans happy moments as the eloquent pirate captain named Jack Sparrow. And even if the series with the last offshoot has lost some of its popularity, at least at the box office, the fan base is still large. In addition, Johnny Depp was able to garner his first and only Oscar nomination with the role.
Yet Stuart Beattieone of the writers of Pirates of the Caribbean, originally had another Hollywood star in mind for the role of the half-drunk seafarer and it was none other than Hugh Jackman. Hence the buccaneer’s cult name:
“I originally wrote the character with Hugh Jackman in mind. Hence the name Captain Jack Sparrow.”
However, the studio turned down the proposal because Hugh Jackman’s profile as an aspiring performer was not high enough for decision makers at the time. At the time, the 53-year-old Australian had only made his feature film debut with Erskineville Kings a few years before he became known to a wider audience as Wolverine in X-Men.
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So it goes with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series
After “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” nearly hit the financial bottom of the series and Disney cut Johnny Depp from the future of the franchise, the chances of a possible sequel diminished. However, a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie starring Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) is in production.
The project should be there not a spin offbut a completely independent film will. According to Robbie’s testimony in conversation with Collider (via NME) the film is intended to bring the female perspective, which has been neglected in the franchise, to the fore and offer its audience a lot of “girl power”. The film will be scripted by Christina Hudson, who previously wrote Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn. However, there is no start date for the pirate adventure yet.
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