Johnny Depp begins comeback and signs major deal with Dior as new film ‘Jeanne Du Barry’ unveils actor as Louis XV for the first time

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Following the victory of his libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp has begun his return to the Hollywood limelight, as the past few days have seen the actor both sign a major deal with the fashion brand Christian Dior and unveiled as Louis XV for his first film in three years, Jeanne DuBarry.

Source: Waiting for the Barbarians (2020), Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Depp’s return to Dior – for whom he was previously the face of their Sauvage cologne ad campaign in 2015 until his spots were pulled following Heard abuse allegations – has been revealed for the first time on August 8 via the brand’s official Instagram.

Sharing a series of photos taken of the actor by photographer Greg Williams during the Paris stop of his recent series of European concerts with Jeff Beck, the brand described its new spokesperson with the slogan “Fearless but human, everything as savage”.

According TMZDepp’s new contract will see the actor net seven figures, although the outlet did not provide details on the exact amount of money he would earn during the multi-year campaign.

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Two days later, French film production released the first image of Depp as King Louis XV in their upcoming historical romance, Jeanne DuBarry.

Directed by French filmmaker Maïwenn, who will also star in the film as the eponymous French courtesan, and based on a screenplay written by herself and The Price of Success (Eng. The price of success) Teddy Lussi-Modeste, Jeanne Du Barry will tell a theatrical version of the life of the third and last mistress of King Louis XV.

While specific plot details are being kept mum by the studio, the film will ostensibly address such monumental events in Barry’s life as his birth into poverty, his scandalous presentation at the Court of Versailles, and his eventual exile by Marie Antoinette. . after the king’s death.

(Whether the film tackles the Pandora’s box that is the Affair of the Diamond Necklace – a seemingly innocuous scandal surrounding payments for a piece of jewelry that would eventually help pave the way for the French Revolution is currently uncertain.)

Source: SAUVAGE, THE NEW ELIXIR, Christian Dior YouTube

On the afternoon of June 1, a jury in Fairfax County, Va., found that Heard had both defamed and ‘acted maliciously’ in posting her now infamous Washington Post op-ed.

Specifically, the jury was tasked with determining whether specific statements found in the editorial, while not directly naming the actor, were intended to defame Depp, and whether Heard was responsible for their publication.

Source: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), Warner Bros. Pictures

Not only did the jury find that Heard had indeed defamed Depp with these statements, they also found that the actress had acted “maliciously” in publishing them.

The jury also awarded Depp $10 million for Heard’s defamatory statements and $5 million for his liability in their publication, but the latter was capped at $350,000 under Virginia law.

Source: Justice League by Zack Snyder (2021), Warner Bros. Pictures

Conversely, in the case of Heard’s $100 million counter-libel suit, the same jury ruled in favor of the actress regarding her accusation that Depp’s former attorney, Adam Waldman , allegedly made certain false statements about him to the press while acting as the actor’s representative.

However, in her claim that these statements were made “with actual malice”, the jury ruled against her, ultimately awarding the actress only $2 million in damages.

Source: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), Warner Bros. Pictures

At the time of writing, Jeanne DuBarry does not have a confirmed premiere date.

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