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EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp Is Still A Pirate Says Studio

Sep. 28 2009, Published 10:55 a.m. ET

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Rumors that Disney is preparing to replace Johnny Depp as the star of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise are untrue RadarOnline.com has confirmed.

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A spokesperson from Disney denied the reports, telling RadarOnline.com that the rumors “completely unfounded.”

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There was online chatter on Monday that Depp might not reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the film’s next installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Such talk has been swirling since the studio chief Dick Cook parted ways with the studio earlier this month.

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Depp credits Cook for bringing him onboard for the Pirates franchise and told the L.A. Times that his enthusiasm for a fourth film had waned with the news of Cook’s abrupt departure from the studio.

“There's a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm (for the project) at the moment," Depp told the L.A. Times. “It was all born in that office.”

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