Johnny Depp is looking breathtaking in his new role as King Louis XV. Two new photos from French writer and director Maïwenn’s upcoming period drama Jeanne du Barry have recently been revealed. The stills made it hard for fans to wait as Depp can be seen on the big screen after a long time.
However, the upcoming film will also star Benjamin Lavernhe, Pierre Richard, Melvil Poupaud, Noémie Lvovsky, Pascal Greggory, and India Hair as additional cast members. Maïwenn costars alongside Depp as the titular Jeanne du Barry in the film, which she also cowrote in addition to directing. Jeanne du Barry had an 11-week shoot, which took place both in studios and at famous locations in France like the Palace of Versailles, as reported by Deadline.
In August 2022, the outlet reported that the movie follows the story of the King of France’s last royal mistress Jeanne du Barry, who was born into poverty but managed to climb the social ladder using her intelligence to become Louis XV’s favourite companion. While the exact release date hasn’t been unveiled yet, there have been conversations about the film premiering at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival in May.
Previously, WhyNotProductions and France Télévisions revealed the first teaser image of Depp as Louis XV, showing Depp’s profile with his eyes covered by a blindfold. The project serves as Depp’s first feature film in three years and follows his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp’s most recent role was as photographer W. Eugene Smith in the drama Minamata, which he also co-produced. While Minamata was not released in the U.S. until December 2021, it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020. Moreover, the actor is stepping behind the camera for the first time in over two decades as director of the upcoming film Modi.
Modi is based on the play Modigliani by Dennis McIntyre and produced by Al Pacino. The upcoming film depicts the story of the Italian-born painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani in Paris in 1916. Depp previously said in a press release, ‘The saga of Mr Modigliani’s life is one that I’m incredibly honoured and truly humbled, to bring to the screen. It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph, a universally human story all viewers can identify with.’
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