The film “Jeanne du Barry”, directed by Maïwenn and which marks the great return to the screen of Johnny Depp, will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, and will be released simultaneously in French cinemas, have the organizers announced on Wednesday.
The sixth feature film by the 46-year-old French actress and director (“Polisse”, Jury Prize in 2011, “Mon Roi”, “ADN”) will be screened on the screen of the large Lumière theater, “after the opening ceremony broadcast live on France Télévisions and Brut”, writes the festival in a press release.
“Jeanne du Barry” is “dedicated to the life , to the rise and fall of the favorite of King Louis XV”, played by Maïwenn herself. Johnny Depp embodies the French sovereign and gives the reply to French actors like Pierre Richard, Benjamin Lavernhe, or India Hair.
The film will mark his big return to the screen , after the high-profile court soap opera that pitted him against his former wife Amber Heard, against a backdrop of accusations of domestic violence and then mutual accusations of defamation.
From “Las Vegas Parano” to “ Pirates of the Caribbean”, Johnny Depp, 59, has been on screen several times at Cannes, where in 1997 he presented his own directorial film, “The Brave”.