Filming for latest Pirates of the Caribbean halted after Johnny Depp breaks wrist

51-year-old actor is believed to have flown back to the US for surgery after injuring himself go-carting

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Filming for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean instalment has been halted after lead actor Johnny Depp broke his wrist go-karting.

The 51-year-old actor, who plays Captain Jack Sparrow in the global fantasy film phenomenon, returned to the US on 11 March for surgery after he snapped his wrist during a weekend break.

It is believed that producers have been forced to scale back film operations with the absence of their leading man – with hundreds of crew members in Queensland, Australia, told they will not be needed for weeks while the actor convalesces.

“Everyone want to get back to work as soon as possible,” a veteran crew member told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

He added: “The producers are hoping Johnny will get himself together, come back and get going again.”

Details surrounding Depp’s broken wrist, which has been pictured in a cast, remain unclear.

It is believed that Depp injured himself while riding a go-kart on a private track at five-time Australian MotoGp world champion Mick Doohan’s Coomera property, where the actor has reportedly been staying during filming, on 10 March.

Queensland police and emergency services confirmed to Mail Online Australia that they had no received any calls regarding an incident involving Depp.


However, the services noted that Depp may have privately checked himself in for treatment.

Although Depp’s absence may push back production, it is hoped that the latest instalment in the multi-million dollar franchise will be released in the summer of 2017.