The cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl features only two main female characters: Elizabeth Swann, played by Keira Knightley, and Anamaria, played by Zoe Saldaña. Yes that’s right. Before boarding the Enterprise in Star Trek, living as Na’vi in Avatar, or joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, Saldaña was part of Captain Jack Sparrow’s crew.
Jack recruits Anamaria on the island of Tortuga. She is reluctant, especially since Jack appears to have stolen her boat in the past, but eventually comes on board when he promises to give her a new one. At the end of the film, Anamaria is still part of Jack’s crew. But at the beginning of the next film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, she is neither present nor mentioned. This goes for the rest of the series.
Anamaria’s absence from further installments may have been Saldaña’s decision. In a 2014 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Saldaña described being put off by the elitist attitude on set, although she was careful to mention that the cast was thoroughly enjoyable. This abuse nearly made Saldaña quit acting, but instead she just didn’t return for the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. Apparently no one thought Anamaria was worth an overhaul.