Directed by Maïwenn, who additionally stars, the movie’s world premiere will happen on Tuesday, Could 16, and the movie will probably be launched in cinemas the identical day in France, the competition stated Wednesday.
Maïwenn herself performs the eponymous primary character alongside Depp, Benjamin Lavernhe, Melvil Poupaud, Pierre Richard, Pascal Greggory and India Hair. The movie will recount the life, rise and fall of French King Louis XV‘s courtroom favourite, Jeanne Vaubernier.
The French-language movie’s official synopsis describes Vaubernier as “a younger working-class girl hungry for tradition and pleasure, who makes use of her intelligence and attract to climb the rungs of the social ladder one after the other. She turns into the favorite of King Louis XV who, unaware of her standing as courtesan, regains via her his urge for food for all times. They fall head over heels in love. Towards all propriety and etiquette, Jeanne strikes to Versailles, the place her arrival scandalizes the courtroom.”
Depp will play King Louis and can converse French within the movie, we are able to affirm. It marks the primary time the actor will converse French all through a movie. Depp has had a protracted love affair with France. Between 1998 and 2012 he was in a relationship with French singer Vanessa Paradis, he has owned varied properties within the nation and in 2021 he known as it his “residence”. He has had plenty of films at Cannes over time, together with Cry Child, Arizona Dream, Lifeless Man, Worry and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Courageous.
Rust and Bone and A Prophet manufacturing firm Why Not is producing with Goodfellas dealing with gross sales. Depp’s manufacturing firm IN.2, La Petite Reine and France Télévisions additionally produce. Backers embody Saudi Arabia’s Pink Sea Movie Basis, and the movie has been picked up by Netflix in France which can launch after its theatrical run within the territory by way of Le Pacte.
The manufacturing marks Depp’s first function movie function in three years. He shot it across the time of his U.S. victory within the turbulent defamation trial towards ex-wife Amber Heard. The results of the earlier and acrimonious UK trial between Depp and UK tabloid The Solar noticed the star dropped from Warner Bros’ Improbable Beasts franchise and led to him claiming he was “boycotted” by Hollywood. He’s nonetheless but to be forged in a significant U.S. manufacturing for the reason that UK trial.
Jeanne du Barry is Maïwenn’s sixth function and comes after Cannes films akin to 2011 Jury Prize winner Polisse, My King, for which Emmanuelle Bercot received finest actress in 2015, and semi-autobiographical work DNA, which was feted with Cannes particular 2020 label. In addition to directing and co-starring, Maïwenn additionally co-wrote the screenplay with Teddy Lussi-Modeste.
The movie has lengthy been anticipated to debut on the Croisette. It joins high-profile films lately confirmed for the competition akin to Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and Disney’s Indiana Jones 5.