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It’s funny what happens when your star suddenly becomes a toxic public entity. 

Johnny Depp, and his Captain Jack Sparrow, has been the face of Disney’s Pirates of The Caribbean franchise. And for good reason. When his Sparrow made its debut in Pirates of The Caribbean: Curse of The Black Pearl back in 2003, Depp put a refreshing, somewhat anarchic twist on the idea of an action hero. But a lot’s changed in the last 14 years. Heck, a lot’s changed in the last 14 months!

Depp’s public persona has come under fire thanks to bombshell allegations of abuse from his now ex-wife Amber Heard, and it looks like Disney is doing everything it can to promote the next Pirates film without putting his face out there. The teaser trailer for Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales didn’t include a single shot of Depp/Sparrow, nor does the initial poster, and now there’s a new official image…and it’s also sans Depp.

Check out Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar in this haunting new image from Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales:

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Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea – notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Benton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has never faced.

Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arrives on May 26.

SOURCE: USA Today