Just months after ending his brief marriage to Amber Heard, the Pirates of the Caribbean star is going through another split - this time a professional one.

Depp has left United Talent Agency and joined Hollywood rival Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

The move comes after a string of box office disappointments with films like Transcendence and this year's (16) Alice Through the Looking Glass, which Johnny was promoting as news of his divorce broke.

But he remains one of the world's most bankable stars, coming in fifth in a new Forbes magazine survey of highest-paid actors this summer (16), with earnings of $48 million (£39 million). He will take a hit on next year's list after agreeing to settle his divorce from Heard with a $7 million (£5.75 million) handout.

The jump to CAA also ends a 25-year business partnership with agent Tracey Jacobs, who signed the actor when he was on TV series 21 Jump Street in the late 1980s. They joined UTA together in 1998, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Depp's upcoming movies include the latest Pirates of the Caribbean adventure, which will hit cinemas next summer (17), while he recently signed on to play the victim of director Kenneth Branagh's new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. In addition, he will portray the Los Angeles detective who investigated the murders of rap rivals Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. in Labyrinth, and Depp is also attached to The Invisible Man remake.

The actor has retained his sister, Christi Dembrowski, as his manager.