Johnny Depp is set to return to Netflix with a new film soon after winning his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Netflix France has licensed the French film starring Depp La favorite for streaming after it completes its cinema window.
The film stars Depp as King Louis XV of France. and Maiwenn – who also directs – as Jeanne du Barry, the last mistress of Louis XV.
Bloomberg first reported that the streamer’s acquisition of the film “would help fund production,” specifying that Netflix would not be involved in the production of the film.
A Netflix-related source has since clarified The Independent that she neither financed the film nor has rights to the film outside of France.
The film, which will be filmed over three months this summer, is Depp’s first big screen role since his libel trial against Heard. He was last seen in Andrew Levitas’ film in 2020 Minamatawhich told the story of war photographer W. Eugene Smith.
On June 1, a seven-person jury found that Heard had defamed Depp in her 2018 year Washington Post op ed. Depp was awarded $10 million (£8.3 million) in compensatory damages and $5 million (£416,460) in punitive damages, which were later reduced to the state’s legal limit of $350.00 (£291,522).
During the six-week trial, Depp’s legal team argued that the comment implied he had abused her, allegations they said cost him his reputation and career.
Jack Whigham, who represented Depp at Creative Artists Agency and later Range Media Partners, told the court: “After the comment it was impossible to get him [Depp] a studio film.”
The agent claimed Depp would be paid $22.5million (£17.9million) to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a sixth episode of Pirates of the Caribbean. However, he was officially dropped from the planned reboot in 2018, days after Heard’s surgery-ed was released.
Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, testified that Depp never landed a $22.5million (£17.9million) deal for the film and that the character was never committed to writing.
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