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New images reveal Johnny Depp is to star in first new movie since Amber Heard court case | Ents & Arts News


New images of Hollywood star Johnny Depp show him starring in his first film since the end of his multimillion-dollar smear case against ex-partner Amber Heard.

The photos depict Depp in regal attire; a plum white hat and curly white hair, with a black eyepatch, for the upcoming film, Jeanne Du Barry, produced by the French company Why Not Productions.

It follows the actor’s victory in a notorious legal battle in the US earlier this year.

Depp sued her ex-partner over a 2018 article she wrote for The Washington Post about her experiences as a domestic abuse survivor, which his lawyers say falsely accused him of being an abuser.

The actor’s representative said he lost his job opportunities and popular roles, such as being dropped from the Pirates Of The Caribbean series, following the allegations.

The jurors backed him up after a six-week trial.

Jeanne Du Barry is directed by French filmmaker Maiwenn and is said to begin shooting at the end of July after the conclusion of the trial.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.  Pics: AP
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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard faced off in court in Virginia for six weeks. Pics: AP

This is Depp’s first major role since the 2020 independent film Minamata, in which he plays war photographer W. Eugene Smith.

He was forced out of the Harry Potter spin-off series by Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts in 2020 after he lost the allegation against The Sun newspaperwho described him as a “wife beater”.

Jeanne Du Barry follows Jeanne, a young working-class woman who uses her wits and charm to climb the social hierarchy, who eventually falls under King Louis XV’s sights.

The cast is said to also include Benjamin Lavernhe, Pierre Richard, Melvil Poupaud, Noemie Lvovsky, Pascal Greggory and India Hair.



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