Depp was pulled from the series in 2018 after appearing in 2017 Dead Men Tell No Tales. It was the same year his ex-wife Amber Heard posted an Op-ed on Washington Post about being a victim of domestic violence. Depp led five Pirates movies during a 15-year timeframe before 2018.
Recall that both Depp and Heard recently made news when he won a defamation action against her over the Washington Post Op-ed Depp was granted $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive penalties, but the court eventually cut the punitive damages judgment to $350,000 under a state limit.
Heard had declared intentions to appeal the decision saying that she was on the edge of bankruptcy. She has also addressed journalists about the adverse judgment, accusing the jury of believing the star’s bigger than life and adored onscreen presence.