Johnny Depp injures his hand in Australia, jets back to the United States for surgery

SYDNEY (AFP) - Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp was jetting back to the United States on Wednesday for surgery after injuring his hand in Australia where he is filming the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean instalment, reports said.

Depp, who stars as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Disney franchise and has been shooting in Gold Coast in Australia's east, was hurt over the weekend but not during the shoot or on set, the Gold Coast Bulletin said, citing undisclosed sources.

A Disney spokesman confirmed the injury to the newspaper and said the film's release remained scheduled for July 7, 2017.

Variety website said Depp would need surgery. It was not known how he sustained the injury or how serious it was.

The Bulletin said Depp was flying to Los Angeles on a private jet and would return to Australia in two weeks.

It added that his absence would only "minimally" impact the production schedule of the film, which also stars Javier Bardem as the villainous Captain Salazar.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth instalment in the blockbuster series, which has raked in more than US$3.6 billion at the box office.

The reported injury came as the local police said a man dressed as a pirate with a parrot on his shoulder and carrying a knife tried to enter the movie set on Tuesday but was intercepted by a security guard.

The police said the man "was attempting to imitate a cast member by wearing a pirate suit". He was being interviewed but no charges have yet been laid.