Keira Knightley rules out Pirates of the Caribbean return

Keira Knightley might not have plans to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but it sounds as though we could see Johnny Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow one day (Picture: Getty)

Keira Knightley has seemingly ruled out a return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise days after producer Jerry Bruckheimer hinted that Johnny Depp could be stepping back into Jack Sparrow’s boots.

While Keira, 37, made it clear she has no plans to reprise her role as Elizabeth Swan, Jerry, 79, said he’d ‘love’ to see 59-year-old Johnny back as Jack when speaking at Sunday’s Oscars.

When asked about Elizabeth at the premiere of her new film Boston Strangler this week, doting mum Keira said: ‘What about Elizabeth Swan?’

Suggesting she’d let the character go, Keira added to ET: ‘I mean, she sailed away so nicely. She sailed away in brilliant style.’

But when Jerry was asked if he could share any details about the long-rumoured sixth Pirates film at last week’s Academy Awards, he told the outlet: ‘We’re all working on it [the next Pirates film]. We’ll see how it comes out. We’re very excited, I think we’re gonna have a great screenplay when, and we’re getting close.’

Asked whether Johnny would return, he added: ‘We’ll see. I would love it. I would love to have him in the movie – that’s all that I can tell you.’


Keira suggested she has no plans to return as Elizabeth Swan (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Jack Sparrow is perhaps Johnny’s most iconic role (Picture: JIM WATSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Jerry Bruckheimer hinted at Johnny’s return when speaking at Sunday’s Oscars (Picture: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Keira and Johnny starred in three Pirates of the Caribbean movies together (Picture: PUBLICITY PICTURE)

It’s not the first time Jerry has made it clear he’d love for Johnny to return to the iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Speaking in December, he told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘I would love to have him in the movie. He’s a friend, a terrific actor and it’s unfortunate that personal lives creep into everything we do.’

Jerry was of course referring to Johnny’s bitter and highly-publicised libel trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

As the trial played out in front of millions, a Disney executive said Johnny was no longer a part of the series with writers wanting to bring in ‘new energy’, and the actor himself said he had no desire to return. 

But by the sound of it, decisions may well have been reversed…

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