Yara Nardi via Reuters
CINEMA – A collaboration that we did not expect. According to information from Satellifacts and of variety, this Wednesday, January 19, relayed by Paris Match and BFMTV this Friday, Johnny Depp will play in The Favorite, the next film by the Franco-Algerian actress and director Maiwenn.
The feature film, whose shooting is due to begin on July 8 in the Paris region, will be centered on Jeanne du Barry (played by the filmmaker herself), the last mistress of King Louis XV, to whom the hollywood star will therefore lend its features.
This is far from the first time that Johnny Depp has joined the cast of a French film. This had already been the case in 1999 for The Ninth Gate by Roman Polanski, in 2000 for Chocolate by Juliette Binoche, or again in 2004 for They got married and had many children by Yvan Attal, in which he had made a short appearance.
Air hole in Johnny Depp’s career
It is an understatement to say that the actor’s career has been going through a patch of air in recent months. In disgrace with the film industry, its coast across the Atlantic is at its lowest. In question in particular the accusations of domestic violence of Amber Heard. Separately, in November 2020, the actor lost his defamation lawsuit against The Sun. The interpreter of the famous Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean criticized the British tabloid for portraying him as an abusive husband.
He had in stride been dismissed by Warner Bros from the saga derived from Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts, in which he played the role of the dark magician Grindelwald (taken over by Mads Mikkelsen for the third installment expected this April 13). In France, however, his reputation has not been denied and the actor notably received a prize at the Deauville festival in 2020. He is also the face of Dior’s Sauvage perfume.
His latest film, the biographical drama Minamata, scheduled for February 2021, had been repeatedly postponed in the United States in recent months. He played a war photographer reporting in Japan to photograph people with Minamata disease, caused by industrial pollution. The actor spoke last August about it.
“There are films that touch people, and that (the multiple postponements of the feature film, editor’s note) has an impact on those of Minamata and those who experience similar things”, he had declared in the columns of the Sunday Times. “And all for nothing… just because I’m being boycotted by Hollywood? Only one man, only one actor in an unpleasant and complicated situation, in the middle of all these years?”, he had then regretted.
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