Johnny Depp is staying on a ranch with his girlfriend Amber Heard while he shoots 'Transcendence'.

The 49-year-old actor has spent £33,000 to hire the property so he and the stunning 27-year-old actress can have some privacy from the rest of the cast and crew during the eight-week shoot in New Mexico.

A source told The Sun newspaper: ''The ranch is way out in the sticks. The hotel casino where the cast and crew are is decent, but Johnny's place blows it away.

''Nobody is bothered about Johnny having his own place. He's the star of the movie, after all.''

The Hollywood actor stars as Will in the upcoming science-fiction thriller - directed by Wally Pfister - which follows his character's work with his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) to create a world where computers can exceed the abilities of the human brain.

Johnny first met Amber on the set of 'The Rum Diary' and he started dating her after separating from his long-term partner Vanessa Paradis - with whom he has two children Lily-Rose, 13, and Jack, 11 - last June after 14 years together.