Here’s another one of those ‘what if’ casting situations for another iconic role. In a new interview screenwriter Stuart Beattie, who is credited as one of the “Story By” writers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, revealed that he original wrote the role of Captain Jack Sparrow with Hugh Jackman in mind, and even named the character after the actor.
“I initially wrote that character with Hugh Jackman in mind,” screenwriter Stuart Beattie told Pop Tarts at the Advance Lounge Chair series in Los Angeles. “Hence the name Captain JACK Sparrow.”
At the time, Jackman was a prominent actor in Beattie’s homeland of Australia, but was not yet a big on the international scene, prompting the folks at Disney to dismiss Beattie’s casting contribution and instead hunt down Johnny Depp for the role.
Luckily for Jackman he landed the role of Wolverine which has kept him busy over the years, but it’s always interesting to consider what could have been. As we prepare for our fourth outing with Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role, but I think Jackman could have made it his own.