Netflix looks set to co-finance Johnny Depp’s first new movie in over two years.
Depp, who spent most of 2022 embroiled in an uphill legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard, hasn’t made a feature film since Minamata, a drama released in 2020.
Now, according to Bloomberg, (opens in new tab) Netflix is ready to help finance and stream Depp’s upcoming film La Favorite, where he will play the French monarch King Louis XV.
La Favorite is expected to be backed by Netflix and a French company, Why Not Productions, although both declined to comment on the Bloomberg report on the exact nature of the funding. has also reached out to Netflix for comment on the reports and will update this story if the streaming service provides any.
The report goes on to say that La Favorite is due for release in 2023 in French cinemas with Netflix, waiting a full 15 months before heading to the platform. The film’s status in the rest of the world and a release plan for other territories are still unknown.
O French newspaper Le Figaro (opens in new tab) also has some details about the filming of the film, which is scheduled for this summer and will include work at the historic Palace of Versailles in France.
Working alongside Depp on the project will be Maïwenn Le Besco, known simply in France as Maïwenn. She will direct and star in the film, which will be a biopic of Jeanne Bécu’s life.
Bécu, who grew up in poverty as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress, went on to rise at the court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress.
To star alongside the duo are Pierre Richard and Noémie Lvovsky.
Analysis: A risky move for Netflix?
The fact that both Netflix and Why Not Productions are so far not commenting on the reports tells us a lot. While they may be ready to support the film, they are not ready to record the reasons why.
Following the end of his trial, which unfolded in brutal and unpleasant detail in televised proceedings, Depp spent the summer touring with veteran rocker Jeff Beck, but there was already speculation about when he would return to acting and in what kind of situation. . project.
vanity fair (opens in new tab) quotes a film industry source in their report on the announcement of Depp’s involvement in the project, who told the magazine, “I think only one studio will hire him. studio system so that it is acceptable to hire him again.”
It looks like Depp made that precise move. An independent film, shot in Europe far from the outskirts of his trial, as a first step backwards. If Vanity Fair’s source proves correct and a Hollywood studio hires Depp once again, only time will tell.