The Cannes Film Festival is set to kick off its 76th edition with the world premiere of "Jeanne du Barry," a historical drama directed by Maïwenn and starring Johnny Depp as Louis XV. The festival has confirmed the news, which was first reported by Variety.
For Depp, "Jeanne du Barry" marks a long-awaited return to the screen after a three-year hiatus, during which he faced a high-profile legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard. The legal dispute culminated in a defamation trial, which Depp won in December.
The movie tells the story of the tumultuous relationship between the French king and his lover, Jeanne du Barry, played by Maïwenn herself. Despite not being a member of the nobility, Jeanne was brought to live in Versailles near the king, leading to scandal and controversy. The film promises to explore their complicated relationship and offer insight into this fascinating period of French history.
Louis XV, who was nicknamed "the beloved," ultimately died an unpopular king after being accused of corruption. Nevertheless, he remains one of the longest-reigning monarchs in French history, second only to Louis XIV.
It's worth noting that "Jeanne du Barry" comes with some controversy of its own. It is the first Cannes opener to be funded by Saudi Arabia, having landed post-production financing from the Red Sea Film Festival. Additionally, Depp's red carpet appearance at the festival less than a year after his legal battle with Amber Heard is sure to raise eyebrows.
The film's premiere is eagerly anticipated by fans of Depp and the festival alike. It will be interesting to see how the actor handles the French language without an accent, as he reportedly spoke very little of it before filming began. Nevertheless, audiences are sure to be captivated by Depp's performance and the film's exploration of this intriguing historical period.
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