Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are in the midst of a highly publicized divorce, with Amber alleging that she was abused by Johnny. But despite those claims of domestic violence from Heard, the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, is not stressing about whether the divorce drama might adversely affect the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, reported Us Weekly.
In terms of the possibility that the scandal might “pass,” the Disney CEO declined to predict the future.
“Not worried about it,” shrugged off Iger. “I don’t know whether it passes or not. We have Jack Sparrow.”
Iger argues that when it comes to how viewers feel about the actor, they view the characters that he portrays, including Jack Sparrow, as completely separate from Depp as the focal point of domestic abuse allegations by Amber.
The divorce drama began in May when Heard filed for divorce from Johnny. Soon after the divorce filing took place, Amber alleged that she had been the victim of domestic abuse and received a restraining order against the actor.
However, the attorney representing Depp, Laura Wasser, has countered the claims that her client abused Heard. Instead, Johnny’s lawyer contends that Amber is focused on a goal of becoming financially secure.
But an insider close to Heard discounted Wasser’s claims about a financial focus.
“All Amber did was try to get out of a marriage because she was suffering from abuse,” revealed that insider.
The next phase in the divorce involves a court hearing scheduled for August, which will center on the restraining order that Amber was granted against Depp. The possibility exists that the divorce could be settled outside of the courtroom.
As for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie to which Johnny remains attached, it is the next in a franchise that has lasted for more than a decade, pointed out Digital Spy.
The Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (Dead Men Tell No Tales) is scheduled to sail into movie theaters May 2017. Jeff Nathanson authored the final script, and Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are at the helm.
The plot reveals the search for the Trident of Poseidon, and Jack Sparrow is motivated to find it because he’s attempting to escape a blood-thirsty group of ghost pirates. Having the Trident would allow Sparrow to control the seas.
With regard to how Depp feels about taking on the role of Jack Sparrow once again, he has stated his willingness to delight audiences with his portrayal. That opens the door to the potential for a Pirates 6 to sail the seas.
For those wondering whether Johnny has a future in film beyond the reassurances of Disney’s CEO, the actor has other entertainment industry members on his team. Director of Libertine Brett Ratner is holding onto his plan for an upcoming movie that will feature Depp, reported People.
The movie, which is about sexual assault, takes its plot from the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal of 2011. Ratner has not changed his mind with regard to casting the 52-year-old actor in his film despite the highly publicized allegations made by Heard.
“Johnny is absolutely still attached [to The Libertine]. Brett is very excited to work with him,” said a spokesperson for the director.
The Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault scandal that is being used as a basis for The Libertine involved a hotel maid in New York. A French politician had criminal charges filed against him. However, those charges were subsequently dropped, and the politician paid an unknown amount of money to settle a civil suit with the New York hotel maid.
Heard has alleged that Depp was “verbally and physically abusive” during the “entirety” of their relationship. In response, Johnny’s lawyer focused on the financial aspect of the situation.
“[Heard] is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse,” claimed Depp’s attorney.
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