Johnny Depp enjoys 'lull in Stockholm between shows' with boat ride

Johnny Depp enjoys a boat ride during ‘a little lull in Stockholm between shows’… after rep denied he’s returning to Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise

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 relaxing in Europe amid a new music tour on the continent and ahead of his first new film in more than two years.

HIs travels have taken him to Sweden, where he took advantage of ‘a lull in Stockholm… between shows,’ for a cruise on a boat, which he documented on his Instagram page on Saturday.

Cruising along: Johnny Depp, 59, enjoyed an afternoon boat ride while in a ‘lull in Stockholm, Sweden’ on Saturday

In the photo, the Finding Neverland star is smoking some form of cigarette while relaxing in the stern of the boat, as it speeds away from a stretch of buildings in the backdrop.

He can be seen wearing paint-splattered pants, a matching t-shirt with tiny holes all over it, sunglasses, and a baseball cap over his long brown tresses.

When mentioning he’s ‘between shows’, most fans would deduct from the comment that he’s out playing gigs with his supergroup, Hollywood Vampires, that he co-founded with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Alice Cooper.

But, in fact, in recent weeks, Depp has been out performing live with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, who has recorded and played with Hollywood Vampires.

European tour: Depp has been out playing live shows with Jeff Beck in recent week; they are pictured rocking out in Helsinki, Finland on June 19

New role preps: In recent days, the acclaimed actor made a stop in Paris for a fitting ahead of his role as French King Louis XV, in what will be his first film in more than two years

Depp did find the 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 shoot for the movie, whose title and plot are kept under wraps, is slated to begin over the summer, according to a report from Variety

The one role Depp most likely won’t be playing again: the wildly popular Jack Sparrow in another Pirates Of The Caribbean.

There has been new reports that Disney was hoping to repair its relationship with the actor, after being dropped from the franchise in 2018, amid the accusations that he abused Heard and his subsequent defamation trial.

Pirates return talk: Depp fans were ecstatic when they found out the actor was reportedly set ‘to 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 Poptopic that Disney was working on a ‘$301 million deal’, along with a ‘sizeable donation’ to a charity of Depp’s choice as a gesture of goodwill, to coax Depp back for another Pirates film 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 penned up a draft for a film about Jack Sparrow so they are very hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and return as his iconic character.’ 

But a representative for Depp denied the claim and told NBC News: ‘This is made up.’ 

 Shot down: A rep for Depp denied that he has been 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 jury he would not work with Disney again after he was scrubbed from the sixth Pirates movie.

Depp was asked: ‘If Disney came to you with $300m dollars and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film?’

He responded: ‘That is true.’ 

His legal team claims Depp lost out on a $22 million payday after Heard published her Washington Post op-ed in 2018 that didn’t identify Depp, though readers assumed she was referring to him.

The Kentucky-born star said he felt as if he was ‘guilty until proven innocent’ with Disney executives.

Ditched: Deep starred in five Pirates films, beginning in 2003, before being dropped from the franchise by Disney in 2018

Original Pirates script writer Stuart Beattie was the first to publicly confirm that Disney Studios were ditching the star in 2018 as they rework the entire franchise.

Speaking exclusively to DailyMailTV at a red carpet event in Hollywood, Beattie confirmed on camera the reboot means Depp is out as Sparrow.

Nodding when it was suggested Depp was out, he said: ‘I think he’s had a great run. Obviously, he’s made that character his own and it’s become the character 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 just very, very happy about it.’

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 of his claims relating to specific statements in the 2018 piece.

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 she plans to appeal the verdict as she says she’s unable to pay the $8.3 million in damages.

A source close to the Aquaman star claimed the 36-year-old actress was ‘broke’ and that she ‘considers her career in Hollywood over’ and ‘has nothing to lose’ following a disastrous few months. 

Battle of exes: Heard has publicly admitted she cannot pay Depp after the jury awarded him $10 million and her only $2 million in their highly publicized court battle 

The judge overseeing the trial ordered Depp to pay Heard $2 million, the jury’s award on her counterclaim that Heard was defamed by one of Depp’s lawyers.

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 short marriage during a televised trial that was closely followed on social media.

Attorneys for both Depp and Heard were unable to reach a last-minute settlement which now means there may be a costly and lengthy appeals process. 

The case will move to the Court of Appeals of Virginia in about three weeks, during which time both parties will have 30 days to file a notice of appeal. 

It’s now official: The judge in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial made a jury’s award official on Friday

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