The Captain Jack Sparrow star returns to the 18th century era of the Pirates of the Caribbean films in JOHNNY DEPP’s latest film, his first in three years. In the past few years, Johnny Depp’s future in Hollywood has been uncertain following Amber Heard’s allegations of domestic abuse, which he has vehemently denied. The 59-year-old actor was dropped from major franchises such as the Fantastic Beasts films, but after prevailing in a defamation suit against his ex-spouse, he appears to be planning a major acting comeback.
Depp’s most recent film, Minamata, was not released until February of this year. And his next film, Jeanne Du Barry, scheduled for release in 2023, is currently in production with French director Mawenn. The Jack Sparrow actor portrays the controversial French monarch Louis XV, who reigned from 1715 to 1774 – the same time period as the Pirates of the Caribbean films. The projects are unrelated, but the actor is returning to this period of history in a romantic drama about a royal concubine. Variety states, “The story follows Jeanne, a young working-class woman who uses her intelligence and charm to ascend the social hierarchy. She attracts the attention of King Louis XV, who, unaware of her courtesan status, falls madly in love with her. Jeanne moves against all propriety and protocol to Versailles, where her arrival scandalizes the court.
Benjamin Lavernhe, Pierre Richard, Melvil Poupaud, Noémie Lvovsky, Pascal Gregoire, and India Hair also appear in Jeanne Du Barry. At the age of five, King Louis XV “The Beloved” succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV, the longest-reigning monarch in history. Historians criticize the reign of the latter for its corruption and pointless wars, which drained the French treasury. It is unclear why Depp’s depiction of the monarch is blindfolded in the first image, although he could have been “blind” to his own debauchery and incompetence. Louis XV was succeeded by his grandson Louis XVI, who was beheaded during the French Revolution. Why Not Productions, based in Paris, co-produces Jeanne Du Barry with IN2 and France Télévisions. Netflix will stream the film in France following a run in theaters, while Wild Bunch International will handle international sales; a UK release date has yet to be determined but is likely to occur around 2023.