Johnny Depp period film to open Cannes fest, first major role since defamation trial

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Johnny Depp period film to open Cannes fest

A French period drama starring Johnny Depp will be the opening film of the Cannes Film Festival, the organizers announced on Wednesday (April 5).

The new film, “Jeanne du Barry” is directed by French director Maiwenn who also stars in the title role as the famous 18th century courtesan who works her way into the king’s affections.

It is the first major role for Depp since his high-profile defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard over her claims that he was physically abusive.

His new film will be shown on the first night of the Cote d’Azur festival on May 16. It will be released on the same day across French cinemas, as is customary for the opening night feature.

The film received investment from Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Foundation. RZSP/Expat Media


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