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Last Updated: Wednesday November 18 2009 07:09 GMT

Huge treasure haul for actor Depp

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is set to become Hollywood's highest paid actor for his role in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

The Pirates star is set to pocket £21 million for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.

That fee is more than the amount usually paid to stars like Tom Cruise and Will Smith, putting Depp at the top of the pay charts.

The movie, On Stranger Tides, will hit our screens in 2011

The people behind the movie, Disney, reckon Johnny Depp is worth it as he is the only one of the major cast members who will be returning in the fourth movie.

His pirate co-stars Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom will not feature in the latest adventure.

Johnny Depp earned £15 million for appearing in the third film, Dead Man's Chest, and it's thought he will pocket around £50 million in total for the whole Pirates series.