Johnny Depp to play French King Louis XV
Rejected by Hollywood, American star Johnny Depp will play Louis XV in a feature film to be shot in Versailles next summer by French director Maïwenn.
It is a totally unexpected decision. The staff of the professional newsletter Satellifacts have announced that Johnny Depp will star in Maïwenn’s new film, which is currently being prepared. The American actor will play the role of Louis XV in the project, which is being produced by Why Not Productions, the company that previously worked with the actress and director on her last feature film, ADN.
The production said that filming should begin on 8 July in the Paris region, with several sequences at the Château de Versailles, according to Satellifacts. This is the first major project for Johnny Depp, 58, since the legal setbacks that have plagued his Hollywood career.
At the end of 2020, Johnny Depp lost his lawsuit against the British tabloid The Sun, which had described him as a “woman-beater”, following statements by his ex-girlfriend Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp was removed from the set of the third part of the Fantastic Beasts saga after only a few days of shooting. He was replaced by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen in the role of the wizard Grindewald and has not filmed since, taking refuge in music with his band, Hollywood Vampires.
He came to the Deauville Festival in September 2021 to present City of Lies, a thriller filmed in 2017 but never released in cinemas due to his personal problems. A box-office champion for over twenty years, he took the opportunity to thank his fans. “They are my bosses. And they are also the bosses of the studios. It’s about time the studios understood that,” he told the press.
At the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, Johnny Depp said he was a victim of this “cancel culture or this tendency to rush to judgment based essentially on what looks like polluted air exhaled. (…) I can tell you that no one is safe”.