Johnny Depp's cameo in 21 Jump Street was undoubtedly one of the best parts of the movie, but he will definitely not be back for 22 Jump Street. The director, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, recently spoke to MTV about their initial plans for Johnny's return, but dismissed the idea as too outlandish as his character died in the first film.
They were reportedly thinking of bringing him back as a spectral ghost, a la Star Wars. Phil Lord explains, "We thought about what if Johnny's a ghost? And it seemed to explode the reality of this film, even though this film has a very tenuous grasp on reality." Chris Miller adds, "The movie is clearly a very grounded film, but that was a step too far for us, which is nice to know that we have some limits."
They're clearly joking, but it's clear that we shall not be seeing Johnny in this Jump Street or any future Jump Street film. However, they do add that they wanted to bring Brad Pitt into the fold at one point, to honor the fact that he'd starred in the original television show. However, they didn't get a chance to work out the schedules, but don't count out the chance of seeing a Brad Pitt cameo on 23 Jump Street, if it ever happens.
So far, the reviews of 22 Jump Street have been fantastic, which is unheard of for a comedy sequel. Notorious for tanking hard and getting crucified by critics, 22 Jump Street has been bucking the trend in every way. And although we won't get Johnny Depp in cameo form, there are reportedly a few other cameos littered at the end of the film, especially in the end credits. We won't spoil them for you, but suffice to say, stay for the credits.