Johnny Depp believes that the reason he lost his role as Jack Sparrow was because of Amber Heard and he is now taking legal action.
Johnny Depp will no longer reprise his role as the alcoholic pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in any new Pirates of the Caribbean films. This is old news, but information has recently surfaced that Johnny Depp is blaming Amber Heard for losing the role.
Depp's lawyers are stating that Amber Heard's op-ed in The Washington Post was one of the reason's behind Disney's decision to fire him. Now Depp and his lawyers are filing a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, arguing that her abuse allegations in the op-ed last December “were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity and advance her career.”
The article, titled “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change” was a direct jab at Johnny Depp. And, surprisingly enough, four days after the article was published Disney supposedly sacked Depp from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Coincidence? Well, the basis for the lawsuit is that it was not a coincidence and that the article influenced Disney to fire Depp.
Heard, on the other hand, is seeing things quite differently. A rep for the actress said in a statement:
This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team.
One can conclude that Johnny Depp's firing is related to the article but let's look into it. Depp's firing was actually being discussed months before the Amber Heard article. Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were in talks to write a reboot script for the Pirates of The Caribbean series back in October which was 2 months before the article. So clearly Disney had already moved on from Depp. And let's also consider that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was marketed as the "Final Adventure".
With this in mind it doesn't seem as though the firing had anything to do with the article. If the article wasn't published I believe that he would have still been fired.