Johnny Depp missed out on acting for a couple of years as he dealt with the Amber Heard controversy. In his upcoming film, The Pirates actor will portray Louis XV of France. Contrary to what was previously reported, Netflix is not financing Johnny Depp’s return to acting after his defamation trial against Amber Heard.
Netflix is not providing “financial backing” for the French film “La Favorite,” which stars Johnny Depp, according to a person close to the streaming behemoth who spoke to Variety. The film has a 15-month theatrical window in France, but Netflix has a permission to broadcast it there only after that window has expired. The movie is not a Netflix original.
In “La Favorite,” Depp will play Louis XV of France. The movie, which Variety revealed earlier this year is filming this summer for three months at locations including the Versailles Palace, is directed by “Mon Roi” filmmaker Maiwenn. In the film, Maiwenn also has a leading role as Jeanne du Barry, a countess who served as Louis XV’s final mistress.
Pascal Caucheteux and Gregoire Sorlat’s Why Not Productions, based in Paris, are in charge of producing the endeavor. World sales are handled by Wild Bunch International. Depp’s upcoming performance in “La Favorite” will be his first significant one since Andrew Levitas’ “Minamata” in 2020, a movie about W. Eugene Smith, a war photographer.
On June 1st, Depp prevailed in his defamation action against Heard. The “Aquaman” actor was found guilty of defaming Depp when she made references to her prior allegations of domestic abuse in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, and she is now required to pay $10.35 million in damages to Depp, according to the jury’s verdict. Stay tuned to Thirsty for more such news.
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