New Johnny Depp film will open Cannes Movie Competition


By Danielle Broadway

(Reuters) – Johnny Depp’s first live-action movie for the reason that extensively watched defamation trial towards ex-wife Amber Heard was chosen because the opening film for subsequent month’s Cannes Movie Competition in France, organizers stated on Wednesday.

The French-language movie “Jeanne du Barry” stars director Maïwenn Le Besco, referred to as Maiwenn, as Jeanne Becu, a girl who rose from poverty to the circles of King Louis XV. Depp performs the king within the film, which may have its world premiere at Cannes on Could 16.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor has made few movie or TV appearances since his trial concluded in June 2022. He made shock cameos on the MTV Video Music Awards and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty vogue present.

Depp additionally voiced an animated puffin in final month’s “Johnny Puff: Secret Mission.”

The actor is making an attempt to rebuild his profession after successful a near-total victory in his U.S. authorized battle with Heard, a fellow actor who had accused him of abuse. Depp denied hitting her or another lady.

Two years earlier, Depp misplaced a libel go well with in Britain towards the Solar tabloid, which known as him a “spouse beater.” A London Excessive Courtroom decide dominated that Depp had repeatedly assaulted Heard. He was quickly dropped from “Harry Potter” spinoff franchise “Unbelievable Beasts” and largely shunned by Hollywood.

(Reporting by Danielle Broadway; Enhancing by Marguerita Choy)