Johnny Depp is set to star as French king Louis XV in an untitled biographical film from French director Maiwenn (Polisse), Variety reports. The film will begin shooting this summer. Filming will take place for three months on location across Parisian landmarks, mainly at the Versailles Palace.
In addition to directing, Maiwenn will also star as Jeanne du Barry, “a countess who was Louis XV’s last mistress.”
This will be the first film Depp has made since Andrew Levitas’s 2020 film Minamata, a biographical film about war photographer W. Eugene Smith. I’m really happy to see Depp sign on to a new project, especially after how Hollywood treated him but kept Amber Heard’s lights on these past couple of years.
Maiwenn is not known to shoot in English, so this will be a rare instance of Depp speaking a foreign language on film. The actor did live in France for a period of time with Vanessa Paradis.
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