New images reveal Johnny Depp is to star in first new movie since Amber Heard court case

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Pics: AP

New images of Hollywood star Johnny Depp show him starring in his first film since the conclusion of his multi-million dollar defamation case against former partner Amber Heard.

Photos depict Depp in regal attire; a white plumed hat and curled white hair, with a black blindfold on, for upcoming movie, Jeanne Du Barry, which is produced by French company Why Not Productions.

It comes after the actor’s victory in the now infamous legal battle in the US earlier this year.

Depp sued his former partner over a 2018 article she wrote for The Washington Post about her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse, which his lawyers said falsely accused him of being an abuser.

Representatives for the actor said he had lost work opportunities and high-profile roles, such as being dropped from the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, following the accusations.

Jurors found in his favour following the six-week trial.

Jeanne Du Barry is directed by French filmmaker Maiwenn and reportedly started shooting at the end of July following the conclusion of the trial.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Pics: AP
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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard faced off in court in Virginia for six weeks. Pics: AP

It is Depp’s first major acting role since the 2020 independent film Minamata in which he played war photographer W. Eugene Smith.

He was forced by Warner Bros to leave the Harry Potter spinoff series Fantastic Beasts in 2020 after he lost his libel case against The Sun newspaper, which had described him as a “wife beater”.

Jeanne Du Barry follows Jeanne, a young working-class woman who uses her intelligence and allure to climb the social hierarchy, eventually landing on the radar of King Louis XV.

The cast is reported to also include Benjamin Lavernhe, Pierre Richard, Melvil Poupaud, Noemie Lvovsky, Pascal Greggory and India Hair.

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