Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Johnny Depp Will Try to Revive Career with Cannes Opening Night Film, “Jeanne duBarry”


Johnny Depp is at a career nadir right now after many flops and his infamous divorce/libel case.

So now he will try to revive the career with the Cannes opening night film, “Jeanne duBarry,” directed by Maïwenn, a French female director who’s been at Cannes before.

Maïwenn stars in the film with Depp, as well as Benjamin Lavernhe, Melvil Poupaud, Pierre Richard, Pascal Greggory, and India Hair. Poupaud is also the star of Woody Allen’s new movie, “Coup de Chance.”

The movie opens in France on the same day of the Cannes opening, May 16th. It has no American distributor yet.

From the press release:

In her new film, “Jeanne du Barry,” Maïwenn herself plays the eponymous main character alongside with Johnny Depp, Benjamin Lavernhe, Melvil Poupaud, Pierre Richard, Pascal Greggory and India Hair. Recounting the life, rise and fall of the king Louis XV‘s favourite, the film will be released in French cinemas simultaneously.

Jeanne Vaubernier, a young working-class woman hungry for culture and pleasure, uses her intelligence and allure to climb the rungs of the social ladder one by one. She becomes the favourite of King Louis XV who, unaware of her status as courtesan, regains through her his appetite for life. They fall madly in love. Against all propriety and etiquette, Jeanne moves to Versailles, where her arrival scandalizes the court…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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