Margot Robbie is still in the running for a role in a female-led Pirates of the Caribbean spinoff film, according to Hollywood superproducer Jerry Bruckheimer in an interview.
The 78-year-old action film legend said that Robbie, 31, is still in discussions to start her own film in the series, and that another screenplay to revive the main series is in the process.
However, unless there is a significant shift in the present reputation of original star Johnny Depp, he is probably to be called back to the series.
Bruckheimer spends a lot of time talking about his current project, the big-budget sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which has received rave reviews thus far.
It presently has a 97 percent fresh rating from critics polled by Rotten Tomatoes, and many of the rave reviews compare it to the 1986 original, which also starred Tom Cruise.
However, in reflecting on some of the greatest male stars of the last several decades, like Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Chris Hemsworth, Bruckheimer stated that there were less female stars that carried the same box office weight.
He explained that women are more difficult. It’s just not a very strong list yet. However, the producer acknowledged that he was still working on a new Pirates project with Margot.He added that indeed they are speaking with Margot Robbie. They are working on two Pirates screenplays, one with her and one without.
Robbie was supposed to feature in a spinoff film in the series written by Christina Hodson, who penned her Harley Quinn picture Birds Of Prey, which was a critical success but disappointed at the box office.
Given the transient nature of Hollywood projects, Bruckheimer’s statement that Robbie is still in negotiations shows he’s serious about getting the new film done, but it’s unknown if Hodson is still committed after their superhero venture fizzled at the box office.
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The millionaire producer also hinted at a sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean without Robbie.
Prior to the introduction of the spinoff film, it was rumoured that Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Pirates writer Ted Elliott were collaborating on a revival of the main series.
The Hollywood Reporter reported in October 2019 that it was uncertain whether Depp will return to appear in the picture, but Bruckheimer dismissed the possibility.
When inquired if he would return, Depp he expressed not at this time, adding, the future is yet to be decided.