Pirates of the Caribbean Star Johnny Depp will play Louis XV in the actor’s first major acting gig since the conclusion of his $50million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor is currently filming in France to shoot the film. A first look image, which was posted courtesy of Deadline, finds Depp sporting full regalia while wearing a blindfold with the actor set to star alongside Maïwenn as Jeanne du Barry. You can check the picture for yourself below.
Depp will play the role of Louis XV for director Maïwenn in Jeanne du Barry, with the film telling the story of the last mistress-in-title (which roughly means royal mistress) of King Louis XV of France. The plot will detail the life of Jeanne Bécu who was born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 and went on to rise through the Court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress. As the report describes, Jeanne du Barry “is freely inspired by the life of Jeanne du Barry, the last royal mistress of Louis XV at the Court of Versailles, after Madame de Pompadour.
“Born in poverty, she is a young worker eager for culture and pleasure who uses her intelligence and her pace to climb the rungs of the social ladder one by one”, continues the description. “She became Louis XV’s favorite companion. Unaware of her status as a courtesan, he regains a taste for life thanks to their relationship. They fall madly in love. Against all propriety and all etiquette, Jeanne moved to Versailles, where her arrival scandalized the court.
Spoilers for a real-life story that ended centuries ago, Madame du Barry met her end by execution by guillotine during the French Revolution after being found guilty of treason.
Jeanne du Barry marks Johnny Depp’s first major role since 2020
His role in Jeanne du Barry finds Johnny Depp in his first major role since the 2020s Minamata. Not only that, but the film will also see the actor perform in French for the first time in his career, and marks his first role since the end of legal proceedings between him and Amber Heard in June. After six weeks of hearings, all televised, Johnny Depp was awarded $15 million by the Virginia court. Even if the saga continues… and continues…
Jeanne du Barry comes from Why Not Productions, known for the likes of The Prophet and Rust and boneand co-stars Benjamin Lavernhe (The French Dispatch), Pierre-Richard (The tall blond with a black shoe), Melvil Poupaud (speed racer), Noémie Lvovsky (Camille rewinds), Pascal Greggory (The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc) and Indian hair (The tear thing). film on Jeanne du Barry began last month, with filming planned in Versailles and the Paris region.
Jeanne du Barry is set to hit French theaters in 2023 and will be released via Netflix in France 15 months after the film’s theatrical release. While the streaming giant does not yet own the rights to Jeanne du Barry outside France, it is possible that an agreement will still be concluded.