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Johnny Depp To Feature As King Louis XV In New Film By French Director Maiwenn

Johnny Depp To Feature As King Louis XV In New Film By French Director Maiwenn

Johnny Depp was spotted in France as he prepares to film his first movie in nearly three years.

Amidst the Heard-Depp legal fiasco, Johnny Depp fans have a reason to cheer. Depp is all set to play King Louis XV in the French film Jeanne Du Barry, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

Depp will play French king Louis XV in the new, as-yet-untitled film from acclaimed French director Maiwenn Le Besco (Polisse). The film will shoot on location at the Versailles Palace and around Paris, starting this summer. The plot of the period drama is being kept under wraps. Paris-based Why Not Productions (A Prophet) is producing while Wild Bunch International is handling worldwide sales and will introduce the project to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. Apart from directing the movie, Maiwenn will also star alongside Depp as Countess Jeanne du Barry, Louis XV's last mistress.

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Louis XV, also known as Louis the Beloved, ruled as King of France for 59 years, from 1715—when he succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five—to his death in 1774. Despite his nickname, Louis XV’s reign ended in disgrace, with the king accused of debauchery and corruption, a legacy he passed on to his grandson and successor Louis XVI, who was beheaded after the French Revolution.

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This report comes amid the ongoing legal proceedings involving Depp and his former wife Amber Heard, with Depp suing the actress for libel after she penned an op-ed about their past marriage in The Washington Post, in which she claimed that the actor verbally and physically abused her throughout their relationship. Depp and Heard's legal troubles have gone on for several years now, after Heard divorced the actor and obtained a temporary restraining order from him in May 2016. The proceedings most recently led to a judge denying the motion from Heard's camp to dismiss the case. It was declared that Depp won the case.

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The public legal battle had made Depp persona non grata in certain industry circles, including Warner Bros dropping him from its Fantastic Beasts franchise and Disney from Pirates of the Caribbean 6. Depp’s last film was Andrew Levitas’s 2020 film Minamata which he also co-produced.

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