Johnny Depp transforms into King Louis XV in first-look image of Jeanne du Barry

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11 Aug 2022, 08:41

(L-R) Johnny Depp as King Louis XV in Jeanne Du Barry, and Johnny in court

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The first-look picture of Johnny Depp in his upcoming project, Jeanne du Barry, has just dropped. 

The Hollywood star has taken some time away from the movie business following his legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard

With most of his legal issues behind him, Depp is back at work, and will star in upcoming French drama, Jeanne Du Barry, for French Netflix. 

In the period piece, Depp will play King Louis XV, and fans were treated to the first teaser image from the film, which is currently in production. 

In the image, Depp’s profile looks unrecognisable while posing with a white feathered hat, curled white hair and regal attire. His eyes are covered up by a black blindfold. 

According to Deadline, filming for the Maïwenn-directed project started in July, and will run for 11 weeks in locations such as Versailles in Paris. 

Jeanne du Barry will be Depp’s first film role in three years, and will follow Jeanne, a young woman who climbs up the social ladder and ends up starting a dramatic romance with King Louis XV. 

Director Maïwenn will helm the movie and star alongside Depp as Jeanne, while Benjamin Lavernhe, Pierre Richard, Melvil Poupaud are expected to round out the cast.

The movie will be French-language, and currently, will only be made available on Netflix France following a theatrical release, the date of which has not been announced yet. 

Depp was last on the screen in Minamata in 2020, but fans will likely have to wait until 2023 at the earliest to catch him in his latest project.

Earlier this year, The Pirates of the Caribbean star released a brand new album alongside Jeff Beck called 18. 

The actor joined Beck onstage back in June and was spotted spending £50,000 in a curry house on a night out in Birmingham.

Fans of Depp and Beck had been expecting a collaboration after Beck alluded to it while on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2nd June, one day after Depp won his defamation case against Heard.

Revealing the reason behind the album’s title, Beck said: “When Johnny and I started playing together, it really ignited our youthful spirit and creativity. We would joke about how we felt 18 again, so that just became the album title too.”