The petitions are reportedly forcing Disney to reconsider its previous decisions.
Fans continue to pour utmost support for Johnny Depp in any way they can. More than 500,000 people have signed a petition to bring Johnny Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.
The change.org petition was started more than two years ago by Riza Siddiqui but continues to draw support from people all around the world.
The petition has since been updated and now reads:
He has been playing this role since 2003 when we first saw him arriving at the Port Royal in his boat with that epic background music playing. But can you imagine no Jack Sparrow at all? No epic entry scores, no humorous dialogues and the guy with the most good and bad luck at the same time? Don't they know that without Johnny Depp or Jack Sparrow they will sink, they will never be able to reach that horizon.
Even if it means nothing to you but please, sign this petition for the ones who REALLY want Johnny Depp as their Captain of the Black Pearl!
The petitions seem to work as Express UK reports that Disney is now considering bringing back the actor for the role. But of course, Disney is yet to make an official announcement.
Depp played the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in five 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films for over 15 years. Fans were devastated after he was allegedly fired from the franchise, following abuse allegations made against him by estranged wife, Amber Heard.
The news of his removal came just days after Heard's op-ed was published by The Washington Post in December 2018. In the op-ed, Heard talked about how she faced the "culture’s wrath" after speaking up about abuse.
Heard did not mention Depp in the op-ed, but with her public allegations against Depp in 2016, it is easy to make connections.
Following the op-ed, Depp's lawyers filed a $50 million defamation suit against the actor's ex-wife. They claimed that her abuse accusations are "part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career".
The lawsuit also claimed that she was the reason why Depp lost the iconic role in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, although others begged to disagree.
It's worth noting that Disney did not give a public announcement about Depp getting fired from the role. However, a 2018 interview with Disney's production chief Sean Bailey seemed to have verified numerous reports.
In December 2018, Sean Bailey appeared in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, where he was asked regarding the reboot and if he thinks that the Pirates of The Caribbean can "survive without Johnny Depp".
Instead of denying reports, Bailey answered:
"We want to bring in a new energy and vitality,"
He added: "I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that's what I've tasked them with."
The fifth and last film, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,' was billed as the ‘Final Adventure,’ which means that Disney may have been already planning to let go of Depp's character even before his marriage mishap.
Disney is currently working on two new 'Pirates of The Caribbean' films. The first one is a sequel from the original series screenwriter Ted Elliott and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. The other one is an entirely new film written by Birds of Prey’s Christina Hodson and starring Margot Robbie.
Recently, the actor resigned from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 after being requested by Warner Brothers to do so.
Johnny Depp reportedly received his full $16 million pay after shooting just one scene.