He emerged victorious from a highly controversial defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
And just weeks after the conclusion of the trial, Johnny Depp appears to be resting in Europe in the midst of a new music tour on the continent and ahead of his first new movie in over two years.
His travels have taken him to Sweden, where he took advantage of ‘a break in Stockholm… between shows’ for a boat cruise, which he documented on his Instagram page on Saturday.
Sailing: Johnny Depp, 59, enjoyed an afternoon boat ride while on a “break in Stockholm, Sweden” on Saturday
In the photo, the Finding Neverland star is smoking some kind of cigarette as he relaxes on the stern of the boat, as it speeds away from a stretch of buildings in the background.
He can be seen wearing paint splattered pants, a matching t-shirt with small holes in it, sunglasses, and a baseball cap over his long brown hair.
Mentioning that he’s ‘between shows,’ most fans would infer from the comment that he’s playing gigs with his supergroup, the Hollywood Vampires, which he co-founded with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Alice Cooper.
But in fact, in recent weeks, Depp has been performing live with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, who has recorded and performed with the Hollywood Vampires.
European tour: Depp has been playing live with Jeff Beck for the past few weeks; he is shown rocking out in Helsinki, Finland on June 19.
New preparations for the role: In recent days, the acclaimed actor made a stop in Paris for a test before his role as the French King Louis XV, in what will be his first film in more than two years.
Depp found time to stop in Paris for a costume fitting for his upcoming new movie, where he will play French King Louis XV, which is being directed by Maiwenn (born Maïwenn Le Besco).
The shooting of the film, whose title and plot are being kept secret, is scheduled to begin during the summer, according to a report from Variety.
The one role Depp probably won’t reprise: the popular Jack Sparrow in another Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
There have been new reports that Disney was hoping to mend its relationship with the actor, after he was written out of the franchise in 2018, amid allegations that he abused Heard and his subsequent libel trial.
Pirates return talk: Depp fans were elated when they found out the actor would reportedly be “returning” to Pirates of the Caribbean, via a $301 million deal, after being cut from the franchise in 2018; he is pictured in London in July 2020
said a source poptopic that Disney was working on a ‘$301 million deal’, along with a ‘sizable donation’ to a charity of Depp’s choosing as a goodwill gesture, to persuade Depp to return for a Pirates movie or two .
The source added that another project for Disney Plus is in the works. They said: “The deal is reportedly for Johnny Depp to return as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6 and a Disney Plus spin-off series about the early life of The Black Pearl Captain.”
They continued, “What I can tell you is that the studio has already written a draft for a movie about Jack Sparrow, so they are very hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and come back as his iconic character.”
But a representative for Depp denied the claim, telling NBC News: “This is made up.”
Shot down: A representative for Depp denied that he has been in talks with Disney about a ‘$300 million settlement’, telling NBC News: ‘This is made up’; seen Ma 3 in Fairfax, Virginia
The Edward Scissorhands star previously told jurors that he would not work with Disney again after he was cut from the sixth Pirates movie.
Depp was asked: “If Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, would nothing in this world make you go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie?”
He replied: ‘That is true.’
His legal team claims that Depp missed a $22 million payday after Heard published his Washington Post op-ed in 2018 that did not identify Depp, though readers assumed he was referring to him.
The Kentucky-born star said he felt like he was “guilty until proven innocent” with Disney executives.
Ditched: Deep starred in five Pirates movies, starting in 2003, before being cut from the franchise by Disney in 2018.
Original Pirates screenwriter Stuart Beattie was the first to publicly confirm that Disney Studios was ditching the star in 2018 as they reworked the entire franchise.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMailTV at a red carpet event in Hollywood, Beattie confirmed on camera that the reboot means Depp will no longer be Sparrow.
Nodding when it was suggested Depp was out, he said: “I think he’s had a great career.” Obviously, he’s made that character his own and it’s become the character that he’s most famous for now.
“And kids all over the world love him as that character, so I think it’s been great for him, it’s been great for us, so I’m very, very happy about that.”
Depp sued Heard over the op-ed she wrote, describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
The jury returned a verdict in Depp’s favor on all three claims related to specific statements in the 2018 article.
The jury found Depp should receive $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but the judge reduced the punitive damages award to $350,000 under a state cap.
Heard has said he plans to appeal the verdict because he says he can’t pay the $8.3 million in damages.
Battle of exes: Heard has publicly admitted she can’t pay Depp after the jury awarded him $10 million and she only $2 million in their highly publicized court battle.
The judge who oversaw the trial ordered Depp to pay Heard $2 million, the jury’s award for his counterclaim that one of Depp’s lawyers defamed Heard.
The order 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 followed by close on social media.
Depp and Heard’s lawyers were unable to reach a last-minute deal, which now means there may be a lengthy and expensive appeal process.
The case will go to the Virginia Court of Appeals in approximately three weeks, during which time both parties will have 30 days to file a notice of appeal.
Now it’s official: The judge in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard libel trial made the jury award official on Friday