Last month, it was reported that Disney was looking to reboot their billion dollar Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. With Deadpool writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick who are now in early talks to write the script. Now, we have a possible update regarding the film.
We are hearing from multiple sources that Disney is indeed ready to part ways with Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow character that has led the franchise over the last 5 films. We are also hearing the studio is looking to center the franchise on Redd, the recently revamped character in the popular Disneyland attraction who is also a meet-in-greet park character.
Now it should be noted that a script is not finished, and things can certaintly change. That being said Disney already has multiple female led blockbusters in the works such as Captain Marvel hitting theaters next March, The standalone Black Widow movie, and Maleficent II. So it would make sense and would be a fresh take for Disney to make this change for a Pirates franchise that was starting to get tiresome with Depp in the lead.
It is unclear if the previously reported Joachim Rønning will return to direct, as the previous information had been based on an early version of the project before reboot plans were revealed. Jerry Bruckheimer will once again board the ship as producer. The ending to the last film left the door wide open for a potential Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Brenton Thwaites, and Kaya Scodelerio (Who is contracted to return) led sixith film, but it is unclear if these characters will be part of the reboot at this time.
The big question will be, who will play Redd? There are a lot of talent actresses that are possible. A name we like is Daisy Ridley. She is a Disney alumni that could see her Star Wars franchise on hiatus for a couple of years following Episode IX and might be a good fit for the role, considering she already has some stunt/sword training under her belt. Making her a hypothetical candidate for the role.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is one of the most financially successful of all time. The five films have grossed over $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office. The last film Dead Men Tell No Tales ended up making $794.1M worldwide for the studio, dominating the Memorial Day weekend in 2017.