There could be trouble on the high seas as Disney has their eyes set on a new lead in the ongoing Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. As Johnny Depp is about to set sail from the franchise, it is time for a new era of piracy to begin.
Karen Gillan, who plays Ruby Roundhouse in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and Nebula in the MCU, is being sought after to play the role of Redd, a character Disney recently added to its Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride. Captain Jack Sparrow, Barbosa and Davy Jones have all been added as well, so it makes sense that Disney would continue the trend by having Redd star in the next film.
But is this too much franchise for Gillan to handle?
Maybe. Maybe not.
The Pirates franchise, which consists of five films, has grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide. To put it into perspective, that is close to the total budget ($4.7 billion) of all 23 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has grossed over $22 billion. The Guardians of the Galaxy films together have amassed over $1.6 billion on their own and tossing in the profits from “Avengers: Endgame” (which grossed $2.8 billion), the combined total is $4.4 billion. If you were to add in the profits from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the evidence is clear that Gillan is no stranger to starring in big budget films. However, the actress has yet to carry a franchise in her shoulders in the way Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow carried the Pirates franchise or even Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark for the MCU.and Avengers. Given her presence in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the larger role she will play in the sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level, Karen Gillan could be the one to keep the Pirates of the Caribbean afloat after the franchise has slowly been taking on water.
Sources: Yahoo! Entertainment