Hollywood star Johnny Depp has landed his first film role since clearing his name after ex-wife Amber Heard falsely smeared him.
Depp will play King Louis XV in the movie “La Favorite.”
The film, directed by Maiwenn Le Besco, will be released in 2023 in French theaters.
Netflix bought the streaming rights to the movie (not worldwide, just in France).
Depp’s last feature was in 2020.
According to Bloomberg:
“Netflix Inc. has acquired the rights to stream Johnny Depp’s next film in France…the actor’s first feature role following his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard, and what he claimed was a wider boycott by Hollywood studios.
“The entertainment giant has licensed the rights to stream the film in the country 15 months after its release in theaters, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the terms haven’t been announced publicly.
“The company does not have the rights for the film outside of France.”
“La Favorite” will be Depp’s first cinema role since Hollywood turned its back on the actor.
Johnny Depp’s return to acting following his defamation trial against Amber Heard is not being backed by Netflix. https://t.co/H4l1fhIQVh
— Variety (@Variety) July 8, 2022
Johnny Depp reigns again! Actor returns to film as King Louis XV in Netflix feature https://t.co/8X2zLOrmAi
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) July 7, 2022
i need to hug johnny depp at least once in my life pic.twitter.com/cvXomJ5mqi
— mar (@vaersac) July 6, 2022
Johnny Depp is giving back. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star donated nearly $800,000 to children’s hospitals around the world by selling off a series of NFTs.
Depp sold the digitally verified artwork through his Never Fear Truth community.
“We are grateful and very thankful to the Never Fear Truth community for this tremendous accomplishment – making this project one of the most philanthropic NFT sales to date,” the community’s official Twitter account said in a statement.
The project is produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Gregoire Sorlat’s Paris-based Why Not Productions (“A Prophet”).
Wild Bunch International (“Titane”) is handling world sales. “La Favorite” will mark Depp’s first major acting role since Andrew Levitas’ 2020 film “Minamata,” a film about war photographer W. Eugene Smith.
Depp won his defamation trial against Heard on June 1. The “Aquaman” actor is now ordered to pay $10.35 million in damages to Depp ($10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages) after the jury ruled that she defamed Depp when she wrote a 2018 Washington Post op-ed alluding to her past claims of domestic violence.