Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp will play Louis XV in the actor’s first major acting gig since the conclusion of his $50 million defamation suit against ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor is currently on location in France to shoot the film. A first look image, which has been released courtesy of Deadline, finds Depp sporting full royal regalia while wearing a blindfold with the actor set to star alongside Maïwenn as Jeanne du Barry. You can check out the image for yourself below.
Why Not Productions
Depp will star as Louis XV for director Maïwenn in Jeanne du Barry, with the movie telling the tale of the last maîtresse-en-titre (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 described by the report, Jeanne du Barry “is freely inspired by the life of Jeanne du Barry, Louis XV’s last royal mistress at the Court of Versaille, after Madame de Pompadour.”
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“Born into poverty, she is a young working-class woman hungry for culture and pleasure who uses her intelligence and allure to climb the rungs of the social ladder one by one,” the description continues. “She becomes Louis XV’s favorite companion. Unaware of her status as a courtesan, he regains his appetite for life thanks to their relationship. They fall madly in love. Against all propriety and etiquette, Jeanne moves to Versailles, where her arrival scandalizes the court.”
Spoilers for a real-life story that wrapped up 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 starring 2020’s Minamata. Not only that, but the movie will also find the actor performing in French for the first time in his career, and marks his first role since court proceedings between himself and Amber Heard concluded in June. Following six weeks of court hearings, all of which was televised, Johnny Depp was awarded $15m by the court in Virginia. Though the saga does go on…and on…
Jeanne du Barry comes from Why Not Productions, known for the likes of The Prophet and Rust and Bone, and co-stars Benjamin Lavernhe (The French Dispatch), Pierre Richard (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe), Melvil Poupaud (Speed Racer), Noémie Lvovsky (Camille Rewinds), Pascal Greggory (The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc) and India Hair (The Tears Thing). Filming on Jeanne du Barry began last month, with shooting due to take place in Versailles and around the Paris region.
Jeanne du Barry is expected to release in French theaters in 2023, and will be released via Netflix in France 15 months after the movie’s theatrical run. While the streaming giant does not yet hold the rights for Jeanne du Barry outside of France, it’s possible that a deal could yet be struck.