Disney Reportedly Looking to Cast Zac Efron as Captain Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Reboot. Previously, we shared that Disney is looking to reboot the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, only this time, without Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. We assumed at the time this meant Jack Sparrow was not going to appear in the reboot, but it seems Disney is going in a different direction than expected.
According to some reports, Disney is looking to cast Zac Efron to replace Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow for the reboot. We still do not know if this means Disney will be remaking the original films, or if we will be getting new stories following a young Jack Sparrow before his time as a Captain.
“I think he [Johnny Depp] has had a great run. Obviously, he’s made that character his own and it’s become the character he’s most famous for now,” Stuart Beattie said to Daily Mail. “And kids all over the world love him as that character so I think it’s been great for him, it’s been great for us, so I’m just very, very happy about it.”
Disney has brought on veteran Pirates writer, Ted Elliott, and hired Chernobyl creator, Craig Mazin, to create an all new story that will give the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise “a kick in the pants.” Disney Producer Sean Bailey wants to bring fresh faces to the franchise. “We want to bring in a new energy and vitality,” shared Bailey.
Originally in 2018, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, were signed on to reboot the franchise, but stepped down to focus on Deadpool 3 after Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Expected to return to the franchise is Executive Producer, Jerry Bruckheimer.
It is currently unknown if this Pirates reboot will premiere in theaters or possibly as a Disney+ original series or film on Disney’s new streaming service.
Are you excited for a Pirates of the Caribbean reboot? Do you think the new franchise will be successful without Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow? Can Zac Efron fill the Captain’s Hat left by Depp? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for all things Disney!
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