Johnny Depp has resumed working in films after winning the defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor hasn’t appeared in a feature film in about three years. However, it appears for his next big project, Depp is going to be behind the camera on the director’s seat.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star announced Monday that he will direct a film about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani and co-produce it with Al Pacino and Barry Navidi. Depp said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, “The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I’m incredibly honored and truly humbled to bring to the screen,”
Depp added, “It was a life of great hardship but eventual triumph — a universally human story all viewers can identify with.” This is the Oscar nominee’s first directorial gig in 25 years, following 1997’s “The Brave” starring himself and Marlon Brando.
Meanwhile, “Modigliani,” which is based on Dennis McIntyre’s 1980 play of the same name, follows the painter and sculptor during a turbulent 48 hours in Paris in 1916 when he is unable to sell his work. Production on the film is reportedly set to begin in Europe in the spring of 2023.
As of now it’s unclear whether Depp will also star in “Modigliani.” Depp has already landed his first acting role since scoring a sensational legal win against his ex-wife in June. For his next acting role, the 59-year-old is portraying the role of King Louis XV of France in Jeanne Du Barry, his first film role since the trial. Not only has Johnny resumed his acting career again, but he also has a tour with the Hollywood Vampires planned for next summer. Stay tuned to Thirsty for further updates.
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