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POTC Prequels Can Fix The Franchise’s Jack Sparrow Problem



While Johnny Depp’s decision to not return as Jack Sparrow represents a major problem for Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the franchise could create a prequel series and allow the series to recast Depp. Pirates of the Caribbean 6 is happening but there is no reason to believe that the blockbuster sequel/reboot will feature an appearance from Johnny Depp’s iconic iteration of the franchise’s antihero, Jack Sparrow. Depp is the only actor to play Jack Sparrow in any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies so far and there has already been significant backlash online against the prospect of the character being recast, with one petition calling for Depp’s return garnering over half a million signatures.

While it looks unlikely that Depp will return, this does not mean that the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has no option but to recast Jack Sparrow for the next sequel in the series. Instead, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies could follow in the footsteps of the Star Wars series and release a series of prequel movies. 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales worked around the absence of Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley from the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel by using their son as one of the movie’s main characters, so a potential Pirates of the Caribbean prequel could double down on this approach by replacing Depp’s Jack Sparrow with a younger version of the character.

Why Pirates of the Caribbean 6 Can’t Kill Off Jack Sparrow

While killing off Jack Sparrow seems like the simplest way for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies to continue their story, this approach fails to account for the impact that Depp’s character had on the tone and structure of the franchise. In the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Jack was a supporting character who provided comic relief. He was very much mortal and even died (briefly) in 2006’s Dead Man’s Chest before Elizabeth, Will, and the Black Pearl’s crew brought him back. However, in later Pirates of the Caribbean sequels Jack become the lead character of the franchise, and killing him off was no longer an option.

If 2011’s On Stranger Tides or Dead Men Tell No Tales had attempted to continue their stories without Depp’s Jack Sparrow, viewers would have had no compelling reason to follow their new heroes. Jack became the central focus of the Pirates of the Caribbean series in the sequels that followed the original trilogy, thus precluding the possibility of the franchise killing him off. This became a major issue when Depp stated that he wouldn’t play Jack Sparrow again since the series was left with no hero and no clear way of replacing him.

Why Pirates of the Caribbean 6 Can’t Bring Back Johnny Depp

Pirates of the Caribbean 6 can’t simply bring back Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow since the character’s solo adventures without Elizabeth and Will were already garnering terrible reviews before he left the role. Even if Depp could be convinced to sign on for a sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, the bad reviews that both On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales received prove that this alone wouldn’t be enough to revive the franchise. Not only that, but the disappointing box-office and release delays of Dead Men Tell No Tales proved that even fans of the series who stuck around for On Stranger Tides struggled with the latest sequel in the franchise.

A Pirates of the Caribbean Prequel Trilogy Could Recast Sparrow

The biggest issue with recasting Jack Sparrow is that Depp’s version of the character is closely associated with the franchise. Not only is Jack the main character of the later Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, but he was also the breakout star of the original trilogy. However, James Earl Jones’s performance as Darth Vader was far more iconic and legendary than Depp’s Jack Sparrow and the Star Wars franchise was still able to recast him in the prequels because the actor’s age stopped him from playing a younger version of the character. Similarly, the best way for the franchise to avoid the issue of recasting Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow is by creating a younger take on the character.

Depp could never have played a teenage take on Jack Sparrow, for example, or an even younger take on the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean character. This would also force the Pirates of the Caribbean movies to take a fresh look at the mythology of the series, which was dense and inventive (if admittedly overstuffed) in the original trilogy but became bland and predictable by the final movies in the series. Later Pirates of the Caribbean sequels failed to bring back fan-favorite characters like Calypso and Davy Jones for more than mere cameo roles and didn’t introduce engaging new villains to replace them, instead relying on the familiar murderous pirate captains (undead or otherwise).

Pirates of the Caribbean Prequels Expand The Franchise

In contrast with the uninspired later sequels, Pirates of the Caribbean 6 could reboot the series and re-introduce new versions of well-loved characters if the next movie was a prequel. The franchise could introduce younger versions of everyone from Captain Barbossa to Jack’s father Captain Teague, and could even delve into the intriguing, underexplored backstory of Davy Jones and Calypso. 2007’s At World’s End briefly explained that Davy Jones betrayed his one true love in exchange for power, a tragic tale that the sequel wasted, and a prequel movie could flesh out with more focus and screen time.

Not only that, but a prequel to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies could also address Jack Sparrow’s missing backstory. Originally, At World’s End also revealed that Jack became a pirate when the real (and really evil) East India Trading Company paid him to transport slaves, and he instead took the corporation’s money before freeing the slaves. Viewers never got to see the heroic, rebellious roots of Jack Sparrow since this scene ended up on the cutting room floor and was always intended to be a brief conversation between Jack and Cutler Beckett rather than a full-blown flashback. However, a Pirates of the Caribbean prequel could stage this story in all its glory and gives Jack’s origins the focus that they deserve while also allowing the series to handle the issue of Johnny Depp’s departure with grace.


‘Wednesday’ star Catherine Zeta-Jones is all praise for Netflix series and ‘marvellous’ co-star Jenna Ortega




Catherine Zeta Jones was all praise for Netflix's hit series Wednesday,and co-star Jenna Ortega, in a recent interview.

On Wednesday, January 25, Catherine Zeta Jones, who plays Morticia Addams, spoke to Ross King in a chat show on Lorraine about the Wednesday series being renewed for a second season.

According to Daily Mail, the actress was alongside her husband Michael Douglas at a Burns night celebration.

She told the reporter, “When Tim Burton asked me to do it, I was like ‘whatever you want me to do Tim!’ and then the idea of me playing Morticia, who’s such an iconic, wonderful, juicy character was wonderful.”

Speaking about the show, she said, “It turned out so much better than I think anybody anticipated.”

Catherine also praised her co-star, “Jenny Ortega is just marvellous as Wednesday and through the eyes of Tim Burton it’s a lot of fun.”

The 53-year-old Hollywood star continued, “I’m really happy to be part of it I must say.”

Catherine’s screen icon husband Michael, 78, was certainly a fan of his wife’s work as he chimed in, “She killed Morticia, she really killed it!”

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Nia Long Says ‘Fresh Prince’ Costar Will Smith ‘Carried a Burden for Many Years to Represent’ Perfection





Nia Long is proud of how far Will Smithhas come.

In speaking of her former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air costar, Long, 52, applauded Smith, 54, for how he’s handled himself in the spotlight.

“I will always love him. He’s had an incredible career, and he’s carried a burden for many years to try — to represent what perfection looks like,” Long, who played Smith’s character’s girlfriend and fiancée Beulah “Lisa” Wilkes on the series, said in an interview with Yahoo’s Kevin Polowy. “Or what achievement looks like.”

Long also reflected on her generation’s idea of “celebrity” — and how Smith fit into that box. “I don’t think that — at least when we were growing up — there was room to be human. I think he’s now able to be human,” she added.

Last year, Smith went viral after slappingChris Rock on stage at the Oscars. The unscripted moment came after Rock, 57, mocked Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved hairstyle, which was done to her alopecia.

Smith, in turn, faced a great deal of backlash before he eventually apologized for his behavior.

Though Long did not directly mention Smith’s outburst, she equated life in the spotlight to that of strict routine, which sometimes does not allow authenticity.


“We all have our moments in life where we need to reconcile things that we suppress,” she said. “And I think — it’s hard growing up in this business and being front and center every day, all day.”

Of her own career, and backseat spotlight, she added. “Think about it — I can go to the grocery store anytime I want to, and for the most part, people are like ‘Hey, Nia Long.’ No one’s chasing me down the street. I still have my anonymity, and I appreciate that about my career.”

During the conversation, Long also got emotional discussing the difficulties she’s faced in recent months. Long went through a very public breakup last year with her fiancé, former Boston Celtics Coach Ime Udoka, after 13 years together. He had been caught having an affair with a female subordinate within the Celtics organization.

“I’ve had some pretty devastating moments in my life over the last couple of months, and I’ve had to just say ‘It’s alright. You’ll pick yourself back up’ — oh, my God I’m about to cry,” Long added. “You pick yourself back up, and you keep it moving.”

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Amber Heard Strategically Planned To Make Johnny Depp’s Life Hell? Ended Marriage Days After His Mother’s Death & Filed For Restraining Order On Lily Rose-Depp’s Birthday!




Did Amber Heard Made Johnny Depp Go Through Worst During His Lowest Points? ( Photo Credit – Instagram ; Movie Still )

Amber Heard very well planned steps in divorce against Johnny Depp to take him down during his lowest phases? Read details now!

Amber Heard has been declared guilty of defaming Johnny Depp during the latest Virginia trial. She was ordered to pay a compensation of $10.35 million which was later settled for only $1 million. But did you know, the Aquaman star strategically took steps during divorce? Well, the details of it will leave you shell-shocked.

A lot had been said and done during the one-year span that Johnny and Amber remained married. There were accusations of cheating with Elon Musk, a threesome with Cara Delevingne and so much more! On the other hand, the Justice League actress accused him of domestic violence, and verbal abuse amongst other claims.

A report by Animated Times now reveals details that are truly giving us goosebumps. It looks like Amber Heard strategically planned to leave Johnny Deppdestructed. She allegedly filed for divorce citing their official separation day as 17th April 2016. Betty Sue Palmer, JD’s mom, passed away just 2 days prior to that and the actor was facing his worst possible phase.

On the other hand, Amber heard filed for a restraining order against Johnny Depp on 27th May 2016. That was again the day Johnny Depp was ideally supposed to celebrate the birthday of his daughter Lily-Rose Depp. But unfortunately, his ex-wife stole the thunder.

One refuses to believe that all of this is mere coincidence!

Meanwhile, Johnny Depp denied all the allegations made against him by Amber Heard and termed them “heinous.”

He reacted to them in court and said, “It’s insane to hear heinous accusations of violence, s*xual violence, that she’s attributed to me, that she’s accused me of. I don’t think anyone enjoys having to split themselves open and tell the truth, but there are times when one simply has to because it’s gotten out of control. Horrible. Ridiculous. Humiliating. Ludicrous. Painful. Savage. Unimaginably brutal. Cruel and all false.”

Source: Koimoi

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