Hollywood actor Johnny Depp was believed to earn Â£32 million to star in the fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.
The record payout to reprise the role of rogue Jack Sparrow eclipses Tom Hanksâ€™ Â£29million for the Da Vinci Code sequel “Angels And Demons”.
A source revealed: “Itâ€™s a lot of swag but they just canâ€™t make another without Sparrow.”
But British Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are unlikely to return. The first three Pirates films earned Disney Â£1.52billion.
Disney has previously confirmed that Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp will buckle on his swash again for a fourth installment of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise.
Johnny Depp took to the stage at the Disney studios to announce his new roles dressed as Captain Jack while wearing a Lone Ranger mask.