He emerged victorious from a highly controversial libel case against his ex-wife Amber heard†
And just weeks after the trial closed, Johnny Depp appears to be relaxing in Europe amid a new music tour on the continent and ahead of his first new film in over two years.
HIS travels have taken him to Swedenwhere he took advantage of “a break in Stockholm… between shows”, before a cruise on a boat, which he documented on his Instagram page on Saturday.
Cruising by: Johnny Depp, 59, enjoyed an afternoon boat trip on Saturday while on a ‘break in Stockholm, Sweden’
In the photo, the Finding Neverland star smokes some form of cigarette while relaxing in the stern of the boat, speeding away from a sliver of buildings in the background.
He can be seen wearing paint-spattered pants, a matching t-shirt with tiny holes, sunglasses and a baseball cap over his long brown locks.
When he says he’s “between shows,” most fans would infer this from the comment that he performs with his supergroup, Hollywood Vampires, which he co-founded with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Alice Cooper.
But in fact, in recent weeks, Depp has performed live with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, who has recorded and played with Hollywood Vampires.
European tour: Depp played live shows with Jeff Beck last week; they are pictured rocking out in Helsinki, Finland on June 19
New role preparations: The acclaimed actor has made a stop in Paris in recent days for a montage ahead of his role as French King Louis XV, in what will be his first film in more than two years
Depp found the time to stop in Paris for a costume to match his upcoming new movie, in which he will play the French King Louis XV, which will be directed by Maiwenn (née Maïwenn Le Besco).
Shooting for the film, whose title and plot remain undisclosed, is slated to begin in the summer, according to a report from Variety†
The only role Depp will most likely not play again: the wildly popular Jack Sparrow in another Pirates Of The Caribbean.
There are new reports that Disney hoped to mend relationship with the actor after he was expelled from the franchise in 2018, amid allegations that he abused Heard and his subsequent defamation trial.
Pirates return talk: Depp fans were ecstatic to learn that the actor would reportedly “return” to Pirates of the Caribbean, via a $301 million deal, after being dropped from the franchise in 2018; he is pictured in London in July 2020
A source told pop topic that Disney was working on a “$301 million deal,” along with a “significant donation” to a charity of Depp’s choice as a goodwill gesture, to bring Depp back for another Pirates movie or two.
The source added that another project is in the works for Disney Plus. They said: “The deal is reportedly for Johnny Depp to return as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6 and a spin-off Disney Plus series about the early life of the Captain of The Black Pearl.”
They continued: “What I can tell you is that the studio has already drafted a movie about Jack Sparrow, so they’re hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and return as his iconic character.”
But a Depp representative denied the claim, telling NBC News, “This is made up.”
Shot: A Depp representative denied he was in talks with Disney about a “$300 million deal” and told NBC News: “This is made up”; seen Ma 3 in Fairfax, Virginia
The Edward Scissorhands star previously told the judges that he would no longer work with Disney after being dropped from the sixth Pirates film.
Depp was asked, “If Disney came to you with $300 million dollars and a million alpacas, would nothing on this earth make you go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie?”
He replied, “That’s true.”
His legal team alleges that Depp missed out on a $22 million payday after Heard published her 2018 Washington Post opinion that failed to identify Depp, although readers assumed she was referring to him.
The Kentucky-born star said he felt “guilty until proven innocent” by Disney executives.
Dumped: Deep starred in five Pirates movies, starting in 2003, before Disney was pulled from the franchise in 2018
Original Pirates screenwriter Stuart Beattie was the first to publicly confirm that Disney Studios dumped the star in 2018 while reworking the entire franchise.
Exclusive to DailyMailTV at a red carpet event in Hollywood, Beattie confirmed on camera that the reboot means Depp is out as Sparrow.
He nodded when it was suggested that Depp was gone and said, “I think he’s had a great run. It’s clear he’s made that character his own and it’s become the character he’s most known for now.
“And kids all over the world love him as that character, so I think it was great for him, it was great for us, so I’m just really happy with it.”
Depp sued Heard over the op-ed she wrote, describing herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence.”
The jury ruled in favor of Depp on all three of his allegations related to specific statements in the 2018 piece.
The jury found that Depp should receive $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but the judge reduced the damages to $350,000 under a state limit.
Heard has said she plans to appeal the verdict because she says she cannot pay the $8.3 million in damages.
Struggle between exes: Heard has publicly admitted she can’t pay Depp after jury awarded him $10 million and her just $2 million in their much-discussed lawsuit
The judge overseeing the trial ordered Depp to pay Heard $2 million, the jury price on her counterclaim that Heard was defamed by one of Depp’s attorneys.
The injunction was a formality after the jury announced its verdict on June 1, largely siding with Depp after a sensational trial in which the couple revealed lurid details of their brief marriage during a televised trial that was closely followed on social media.
Lawyers for both Depp and Heard were unable to reach a last-minute settlement, which now means a costly and lengthy appeals process.
The case will be taken to the Virginia Court of Appeals in about three weeks, during which time both parties will have 30 days to file an appeal.
It’s now official: Judge in Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial made jury award official Friday
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