Category: Jeanne du Barry

Johnny Depp in Saudi Arabia

He was photographed with Bader bin Farhan Alsaud, the Minister of Culture & Governor of the Royal Commission for AlUla, this weekend. Bader bin Farhan Alsaud, Minister of Culture & Governor of the Royal Commission for AlUla, shared an Instagram post of himself with Johnny Depp yesterday – presumably shot in the ancient Arabic city, for a collaboration between Saudi and French cinema (Jeanne du Barry movie).

New picture of Johnny Depp as King Louis XV

A new picture of Johnny Depp and Maïwenn on the set of “La Favorite” was posted by lejdd.fr, by Stephanie Branchu. Madame Du Barry (Maïwenn) is officially presented at the court of Louis XV (Johnny Depp).

Jeanne Du Barry (scheduled for release in 2023) will focus mainly on the courtesan’s relationship with Louis XV without sticking completely to great history. Because it was necessary to find the look of a filmmaker, Maïwenn opted for radical choices. “Purists may criticize me, I’m preparing for it, but I completely assume the angle I’ve chosen. A good film is above all a work that respects the obsession of its director and who dares to add lyricism, poetry and even humor. 

Maïwenn had initially thought of two French actors for the role, but, after their refusal, a friend had advised her to list her dreams. “I wanted someone complex, both beautiful and destructive. And above all a personality that makes you want to bow as soon as you enter a room. She immediately thought of Johnny Depp and simply emailed her agent. A fortnight later, she had an appointment in London with the star. “Everything went very well: I felt he was generous, passionate, and he loves our country immensely. The Covid put the project aside; when he got back on track, Johnny was still there. »

“What impressed me the most was his expressiveness: in scenes without dialogue, his face showed a lot of emotion”

To Hell and Back

So, after the massive disappointment of losing the trial in the UK, in 2019 Johnny decided to sue his ex-wife Amber Heard, for defamation, after she wrote an Op-Ed, claiming to be a victim of domestic violence, in 2018. Johnny was not named in the Op-Ed, but he argued that he lost out on millions of dollars of film contracts and work due to the article.

After long delays due to the COVID19 outbreak at the beginning of 2020, the trial started in Virginia on the 11th of April 2022, until the 1st of June 2022. The trial was shown on Court TV, You Tube live, and followed closely by social media.

Johnny laid his life bare, for all to see, and revealed he was actually the victim of abuse, by Amber Heard. He talked about his difficult childhood in which he and his siblings were abused by their mum and was open about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. It was revealed that many of Ambers friends lived off of Johnny for the years he was with Amber Heard. The court heard, through recordings that Amber made, Amber verbally abusing Johnny, belittling him and mocking him.

Johnny also revealed how losing his contract with Disney (due to Heard’s allegations) and Warner Brothers has affected his career and family.

Johnny’s legal team, led by Ben Chew, and Camille Vasquez, did an amazing job, and showed Amber up, proving Amber’s lies for what they were.

Finally, after a few days of deliberation, the jury unanimously found Amber guilty on all three statements of defamation, and it was done with actual malice. The jury awarded Johnny $10 Million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages (reduced to $350,000, due to a cap on the award by Virginia law).

Johnny was in the UK for the result and thanked the jury for giving him his life back. He celebrated at a pub in Newcastle, and then by joining his great friend Jeff Beck on his tour of the UK and into Europe.

He continued touring with Jeff through June and July, and then in August he began filming for his next film ‘La Favorite’ in Paris.

So, this is where we leave our hero for now…

Filming his latest movie, from October, joining Jeff Beck on his American leg of the tour, and developing a new film about artist Modigliani…

Truely hoping, he is enjoying his freedom, and living his life again. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

Jeanne du Barry

The life of Jeanne Bécu who was born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 and went on to rise through the Court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress.
About Louis XV: His reign of almost 59 years (from 1715 to 1774) was the second longest in the history of France, exceeded only by his predecessor, Louis XIV, who had ruled for 72 years (from 1643 to 1715).[2] In 1748, Louis returned the Austrian Netherlands, won at the Battle of Fontenoy of 1745. He ceded New France in North America to Great Britain and Spain at the conclusion of the disastrous Seven Years’ War in 1763. He incorporated the territories of the Duchy of Lorraine and the Corsican Republic into the Kingdom of France. Historians generally criticise his reign, citing how reports of his corruption embarrassed the monarchy, while his wars drained the treasury while producing little gain. His grandson and successor Louis XVI would inherit a kingdom in need of financial and political reform which would ultimately lead to the French Revolution of 1789 (Source: Wikipedia)

The project will be produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Gregoire Sorlat’s Paris-based Why Not Productions. Meanwhile, Wild Bunch International is currently handling its world sales.