Netflix Inc will co-fund and stream Johnny Depp’s next movie. This is betting on the actor’s first starring role following a defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, who claimed a broader boycott by Hollywood Studios.
The French-era movie “La Favorite,” in which Depp plays Louis XV, will receive financial support from Netflix, according to two people familiar with the issue that asked them not to be identified because the terms were not published.
Directed by Maïwenn Le Besco, the film will be released in a French theater in 2023 and will be released on Netflix France 15 months later. It’s not clear if this movie will be available on Netflix around the world.
Representatives of Netflix and the French producer of the film Why Not Productions declined to comment on this story.
“La Favorite” will be Depp’s first film role since Hollywood turned his back on the actor after his ex-wife accused domestic violence. The actor won $ 10 million in damages in a defamation lawsuit against Hard in June.
The same jury awarded Hard, who made a similar claim, $ 2 million. She said she would appeal.
Depp was last featured in the film in 2020, making this his first acting in French. According to the Le Figaro newspaper, it will be filmed this summer in places such as Versailles Castle for three months.
Following a recent agreement with the French Film Guild, Netflix and other streaming platforms are expected to spend some of their revenue on local films.
Netflix announced that it will invest a total of € 40 million ($ 40.7 million) in French cinema in 2022. The Depp movie is one of the first works.
Le Besco plays Madame du Barry, the famous mistress of Louis XV. She directed acclaimed films such as “Polisse” and “Mon Roi”.
Other upcoming French films selected by Netflix include Guillaume Canet’s comedy “Asterix & Obelix: l’Empire du Milieu” and actress and director Reem Kherici’s “Chienetchat”.