Johnny Depp Has Landed His First Movie Role Since Minimata And Fantastic Beasts Exit
Johnny Depp has discovered his next project, and his first film role since Minimata in 2020. In the midst of his court fight with ex-wife Amber Heard, who accused him of assaulting her when they were together. After a U.K. court decided against him in his defamation action against The Sun, which dubbed him a “wife abuser,” Depp was requested to stand away from his part as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. In the United States, Heard is facing a libel case.
According to Variety, Johnny Depp’s next project will take him to France, where he will play King Louis XV in a film directed by Mawenn, who will also co-star in the film as Jeanne du Barry, Louis XV’s last mistress. The narrative and title of the film have not been revealed, but production is set to begin this summer.
Louis XV was known as “Louis the Beloved” and ruled for 59 years, the second-longest reign in French history behind Louis XIV. Despite his moniker, Louis XV died as an unpopular monarch beset by corruption allegations. According to Variety, production will span around three months and will mostly take place at the Versailles Palace.
Minimata, in which Johnny Depp featured as an American photojournalist chronicling the effects of mercury poisoning on the people of a Japanese city, was Depp’s final film role and, in fact, his final major endeavor, save from some voice work for the animated series Puffins.
The actor, who played Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has a significant role in the sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. However, shortly after production for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore began, Warner Bros. requested Johnny Depp to back aside from the role due to Amber Heard’s claims.
Johnny Depp’s first film in over three years, Jeanne Du Barry, will be released for pre-orders in the Cannes market this month. A report from ScreenDaily stated that Depp will star in the feature alongside French actress Maïwenn, who will also be the director of the work.
The French period drama must tell the story of Jeanne Bécu, a woman born into poverty, but who rose through the ranks of the court of King Louis XV (who will be played by Depp) by becoming his mistress. Louis Garrel, Pierre Richard and Noemie Lvovsky are also expected to be in the cast. But the production start date has not yet been revealed.
Depp is in the midst of a protracted, messy legal battle filled with twists and turns and public exposure against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor, who has been nominated for an Oscar three times, has not acted in a film since Minamata2019. The actor has since described himself as a victim of cancel culture.
Depp lost the defamation lawsuit he filed in 2020 against the British tabloid The Sun, who referred to him as a “wife beater”. After the decision, the actor was replaced in the franchise. fantastic beasts from Warner Bros.
Since the repercussion of the case and an article published by Amber Heard about an abusive relationship, the actor’s only job was to dub the series for the internet. Impossible Puffins.
Films traded in Cannes
According to ScreenDailythe list of films for negotiation in Cannes by the European company Wild Bunch, from which Jeanne Du Barry part, will also include the new film by filmmaker Ken Loach, The Old Oakwhich will be set in the north of England in an old coal mining village that never fully recovered from the mine closures.
Wild Bunch will be in Cannes with 14 films in the Official Selection, in addition to others in parallel shows. The titles in the competition include Holy Spider, Brother And Sister, NMR, Tori And Lokita and The Stars at Noon – with Robert Pattinson in the cast.
In the report, there is no mention of Roman Polanski’s new film, The Palaceof which the company also holds the trading rights.
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