The Time Johnny Depp Was Nearly A ‘Star Wars Ghost’ In ’22 Jump Street’

Why Depp's cameo got dumped.

With reporting by Josh Horowitz

The upcoming “22 Jump Street,” the follow-up to Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s immensely successful “21 Jump Street,” has plenty of cameos, jokes and Easter eggs. Ice Cube is back, stars Tatum and Hill have returned, and even Dave Franco is around for another spin down Jump Street. (Well, not literally — he’s still behind bars, where we left him at the conclusion of “21.” But he’s in the movie!”

One actor who won’t be making a return appearance in the sequel, however, is Johnny Depp. Depp, of course, starred in the original TV series the movie reboot was based upon, and had a role in “21 Jump Street.”

It, uh. Didn’t end so well for his character.

Just because Depp’s character bit the dust, however, doesn’t mean there wasn’t talk of bringing him back for a repeat performance.

MTV News sat down with “22 Jump Street” directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who revealed why Depp didn’t come back as a “‘Star Wars’ ghost,” as they dubbed it.

Check out the clip above to find out why we won’t be seeing a spectral Depp in “22 Jump Street,” in theaters June 13.