Margot Robbie’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film is not happening

Australian actress Margot Robbie arrives for the Wall Street Journal Magazine 2022 Innovator awards at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City on November 2, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
Margot Robbie has had her ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film cancelled. (Getty Images)

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.

Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) searches for the trident used by Poseidon in 2017's Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge. (Disney)
Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) searches for the trident used by Poseidon in 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge. (Disney)

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.

Disney also informally moved on from the series’ original star Johnny Depp following accusations of domestic abuse from his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. (Disney)
Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. (Disney)

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.

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 15:  Actor Johnny Depp,  dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES took part today in
Johnny Depp dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow on stage at D23, 2015. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images for 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.”

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