Disney’s Margot Robbie-led Pirates of the Caribbean spinoff has been axed by the studio, the actress has revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair. It would have followed films including The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales, all of which starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Disney parted ways with Depp in 2018 amid allegations of sexual violence and domestic abuse against Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard.
“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,” says Robbie of Disney.
In any case, the Oscar-nominated actress has a packed slate of upcoming projects. She’s of course readying for the much-anticipated Barbie opposite Ryan Gosling next summer and is also in pre-production on an Ocean’s Eleven prequel that she will star in and produce. Other upcoming projects include Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City with Scarlett Johansson.
In the immediate future, Margot Robbie will be seen starring alongside Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, Diego Calva, and more in Damien Chazelle’s old Hollywood epic Babylon, which releases December 23rd.