WhyNotProductions and France Télévisions unveiled the first look at the Hollywood star in character for the flick, which is set to be his first major movie role in three years and his first since his defamation case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
In the profile image, Johnny wears regal attire, including a white plumed hat atop his white hair, as he sits blindfolded.
Photos depict Depp in regal attire, with a white plumed hat, curled white hair and a black blindfold on, for the upcoming film Jeanne Du Barry.
According to Deadline, the 59-year-old’s new movie role centres on King Louis XV’s last royal mistress, Jeanne du Barry, at the Court of Versaille, after Madame de Pompadour. She was born into poverty and ruthlessly worked her way up society’s ranks by becoming the King’s lover.
Production for the film kicked off on 26 July and has been shooting in multiple locations in France, including Versailles and Paris.
The French-language period drama will be directed by Maïwenn, who will also star in the project as the titular Barry. The cast also includes Benjamin Lavernhe, Pierre Richard, Melvil Poupaud, Noémie Lvovsky, Pascal Greggory and India Hair.
This new film project comes after Johnny Depp won his infamous legal battle against ex-wife Amber in June.
The former Pirates of the Caribbean star sued Heard for defamation linked to an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, entitled “I spoke up against sexual violence and faced our culture’s wrath”.
Depp brought the case against Heard for $50 million, and she counter-sued. The jury unanimously agreed that Heard libelled her ex-husband by writing the opinion piece and that she did so, knowing that it could have a negative impact on his career.
However, two months after the trial concluded, many of Depp’s fans made the truly myopic decision to crowdfund the $3,300 cost to release 6600+ pages worth of recently unsealed trial documents, which show – amongst plenty of filings that paint Depp in an unflattering light – how Depp’s legal team attempted to introduce nude photos of Amber into evidence.
As a result, celebrities are subtly withdrawing their support for the actor, mostly by “unliking” his triumphant Instagram post, which praised the trial’s jury for “giving him [his] life back.”
While Johnny’s woes against Amber continue to play out publicly, he’s set on moving on with his professional life and getting back into the acting game.
Jeanne du Barry is expected to hit cinemas in 2023 before an exclusive Netflix France release in 2024.