Publicist insists the Captain Jack Sparrow actor has been 'filming on schedule' in Australia
Johnny Depp has dismissed reports that he has “stormed off” the set of the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean film in Australia.
The Captain Jack Sparrow actor started shooting the sequel, which has been titled Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men No Tales, in Queensland, Australia in February. Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who recently directed the first two episodes of Netflix’s Marco Polo, are behind the camera.
However, the actor injured his hand in an off-set injury in March and left Australia to fly to his native US for treatment. Following his injury the actor is said to have needed a pin inserting in his finger and shooting was apparently delayed by around a month.
Now it has been reported in the Australian media that Depp has left the set again to fly back to the US to be with his wife, Amber Heard, following supposed relationship problems. However, the film’s publicist Michael King denied that Depp has interrupted the film’s schedule, telling the Brisbane Times: “I can’t go into detail on our filming schedules or the movements of individuals but I can tell you that nothing in that report has any relation to reality. Mr Depp has been filming on schedule. It’s business as usual, with all participants working.”
Depp’s working visit to Australia also hit the headlines earlier this month (May) when the actor was told that his dogs, Pistol and Boo, must “bugger off” out of the country after failing to adhere to quarantine restrictions – or face being put down. The Yorkshire terriers have since returned safely to the US.
Disney has set Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men No Tales for release on July 7, 2016. Disney’s plot synopsis for the sequel teases: “Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.”
Alongside Depp and Skyfall actor Bardem, the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean film will star former Skins actress Kaya Scodelario, who joined the cast in January, and young up-and-coming Australian actor Brenton Thwaites. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Rush will reprise his regular Pirates role as Captain Barbossa.