• Johnny Depp will not return to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise after being dropped from "Pirates 6"
  • The sixth installment, the first movie sans Depp, has not been produced and is still in "dangle mode"
  • Depp believed Disney dropped him from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise to be safe 

Johnny Depp has sealed Captain Jack Sparrow's fate in the multi-billion franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean."

On Wednesday, Depp took the stand under oath for the ongoing trial of his $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor sued the "Aquaman" star for a 2018 op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post, alleging that it was about their relationship and it ruined his career.

During his testimony, Depp talked about how it affected his career. During the questioning of his lawyer, Depp said that Disney removed his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean 6" just days after Heard's op-ed got published. The movie has not been produced and is still in "dangle mode," according to the actor.

During the cross-examination, Heard's lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, referenced the award-winning star's deposition when he mentioned that he no longer wanted to work in "Pirate 6" even if it were offered to him again.

"The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million 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? Correct?" Rottenborn said, per Variety.

"That is true, Mr. Rottenborn," Depp said.

Even after Disney removed Depp from the franchise, it still featured his character at theme parks around the world.

"They didn’t remove my character from the rides," Depp said. "They didn’t stop selling dolls of Captain Jack Sparrow. They didn’t stop selling anything. They just didn’t want there to be something trailing behind me that they’d find."

Rottenborn also asked Depp about a Daily Mail article from October 2018 about him being "out as Jack Sparrow."

"I wasn’t aware of that, but it doesn’t surprise me," Depp said. "Two years had gone by of constant worldwide talk about me being this wife-beater. So I’m sure that Disney was trying to cut ties to be safe. The #MeToo movement was in full swing at that point."

Heard first accused Depp of domestic violence when she filed for a restraining order in 2016. The issue was resolved when they settled their divorce a few months later, with the exes issuing a joint statement stating that "neither party has made false accusations for financial gain."

Depp sued British tabloid The Sun for calling him a "wife-beater." However, he lost the case after the judge said Heard's abuse allegations were "substantially true." His petition to appeal also got denied.

Heard will take the stand later in the trial, expected to last for about six weeks.

Actor Johnny Depp testifies during his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard
Actor Johnny Depp testifies during his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard POOL via AFP / Jim LO SCALZO