Margot Robbie has confirmed that her Pirates of the Caribbean film is no longer going ahead.
The Wolf of Wall Street star has been attached to lead a female-led sequel to the action series but Robbie confirmed to Vanity Fair that the project is dead.
Robbie said: “We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led—not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story—which we thought would’ve been really cool, but I guess they don’t want to do it.”
The female centred spin-off was originally announced in June 2020 with regular producer Jerry Bruckheimer on board and Christina Hodson set to write the screenplay.
Hodson had previously worked with Robbie on superhero movie Birds of Prey where the Australian actor played Harley Quinn.
There has not been a Pirates of the Caribbean film since 2017’s Salazar’s Revenge which was a critical and commercial disappointment.
Depp discussed his relationship with Disney and the franchise at his defamation trial against his ex-wife which he later won: “I wasn’t aware of that, but it doesn’t surprise me. Two years had gone by of constant worldwide talk about me being this wife beater. So I’m sure that Disney was trying to cut ties to be safe. The #MeToo movement was in full swing at that point.”
At another point in the trial Depp said he had no interest in reprising his role as Jack Sparrow due to his relationship with Disney.
Depp was asked: “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film? Correct?”
The actor replied: “That is true.”