Captain Jack Sparrow, the iconic character portrayed by Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, is responsible for the overall success of the franchise. Depp’s portrayal of the swashbuckling pirate is a major reason why we all love this film series.

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Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean franchise

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise holds a special place in the hearts of many moviegoers. However, with rumors swirling about Austin Butler taking the helm in the next film, fans aren’t too happy about the idea.

Disney Eyes Austin Butler for Lead in New Pirates of the Caribbean Film

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Austin Butler as the titular character in Elvis

There’s a rumor swirling around the seven seas that Disney might have found their new swashbuckling star for the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot. Hot off his role in Dune: Part Two, rising star Austin Butler is reportedly being considered by Disney for the lead role, according to The DisInsider.

This isn’t the first time Disney has set their sights on Butler. They apparently wanted him for their live-action Hercules movie, too (via the same source). But it seems like they really want him aboard the Pirates ship now.

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Of course, this is just a rumor for now. Remember that Margot Robbie was also talked about for a Pirates female-led spinoff a while back (as the actress told Vanity Fair in 2022 interview), but that seems like a treasure that might never be found. There have also been whispers about The Bear actress Ayo Edebiri joining the crew (via Insider Daniel Richtman, X), but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Fans Defend Jack Sparrow’s Legacy

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A still from Pirates Of The Caribbean

Johnny Depp‘s Jack Sparrow isn’t just any pirate, he is a pop culture icon! The way Depp played him, with his weird quirks, funny way of talking, and drunken stumbles, made the character instantly recognizable and loved by everyone.

For many fans, Jack Sparrow and Depp are practically the same. This shows just how perfectly the Hollywood star brought him to life. But now that Disney is thinking of making a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, there’s a worry: can anyone else possibly replace the Transcendence actor as Jack Sparrow?

Some fans are afraid that recasting the pirate captain would be a big mistake. They worry it might ruin the whole film series they love. Check out some fan reactions:

The decision to recast Jack Sparrow is a risky one. Disney needs to think hard about whether it’s worth it to try a new story instead of sticking with the one fans’ love with Depp.

Although fans really love the 60-year-old version of Captain Jack, it’s important to note that the new Pirates movie could bring in new stories and characters. Butler is a great young actor, so he seems worthy of leading this franchise

Also Read: “Depp’s gonna ruin the film”: Johnny Depp Thought Disney Would Fire Him For Giving Life To Captain Jack Sparrow After He Rejected Their Boring Approach

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