Johnny Depp is about to make his return to the big screen in French cinema


Johnny Depp. Photo: Collected

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Johnny Depp. Photo: Collected

As Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard tumble toward a conclusion in their very public libel lawsuit, Depp is set to soon begin filming his first big movie role since being kicked out of the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Johnny Depp claims Hollywood boycotted him, but overseas he’s set to make a comeback on the big screen. His new film, Jeanne Du Barry, will be presented in pre-sale at the Cannes market later this month. The project would mark Depp’s first feature since Minamata in 2020.

The Oscar nominee will play King Louis XV, aka Louis le Bien-Aimé, in a French-language film directed by Maïwenn, who also plays the sovereign’s mistress, Jeanne Bécu. Louis XV reigned over France for nearly 59 years, but “died an unpopular king…accused of corruption and debauchery,” Variety reported in January. According to the outlet, filming will primarily take place at the Palace of Versailles and is expected to begin this summer. The project was first reported by the French site Satellifax.

The project will be produced by Why Not Productions, which is helmed by Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat and while still to be confirmed, it is believed the film will be entirely in French.

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