His shambling yet roguishly resourceful character has become the undisputed hero and star of the blockbuster franchise.
But, it seems that Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow may be walking the plank in the next Pirates of The Carribean film, as newcomers Kaye Acodelario and Brenton Thwaites have usurped him in the popularity stakes, reportedly.
According to the Daily Star the 54-year-old Edward Scissorhands actor could be phased out if a sixth film gets the green light in favour of the two younger stars, enabling them to “breath life” into the franchise.
The fifth film in the Disney swashbuckling saga was released last month, and saw Johnny sharing the screen with the likes of Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem and Stephen Graham.
But it appears that the two stand-out stars of the film are in fact Kaya (famous for her E4’s Skins and the Maze Runner films) and Brenton (Gods of Egypt and Maleficent).
Speaking to the paper an insider said: “Once upon a time Depp was the reason to watch these mocies. Now there is a feeling that is not the case any more among the audiences.
“Having Brenton and Kaya try a film on their own could breathe new life into this.”
Mirror Online have contacted a representative of Johnny for comment.
Johnny has been a mainstay in the films since 2003’s first outing, which saw him share the screen with Oralndo Bloom and Keira Knightley.
Kiera and Orlando both bowed out of the films after the second instalment, Dead Man’s Chest, though they reprised their roles of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan for the fifth film.
The producer of the series Jerry Bruckheimer hasn’t ruled out a sixth film, and even in May hinted that it could be on the cards.
He told Cariety: “If they [the public] show up for this one and Johnny wants to do another one and Disney wants to write a check, we’ll be there.”