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Blindfolded in a wig: Here's what Johnny Depp is doing after his defamation trial

Newshub logo Newshub 12/08/2022 Darren Bevan
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Johnny Depp will be playing King Louis XV in his first film role since winning a defamation trial against Amber Heard.

French production company Why Not Productions has revealed the first look at Depp in the role for the movie Jeanne du Barry.

The image shows a blindfolded Depp in profile, dressed up in royal regalia, and with white powder upon his face.

French actress Maïwenn is directing the film and will star in the drama, which is inspired by the life of Jeanne du Barry, who was King Louis XV's last royal mistress at the Court of Versaille.

Du Barry became the King's favourite companion, but she was banished from Versailles after Louis' death in May 1774.

She ultimately died at the guillotine in December 1793.

It's Depp's first major film role since the tumultuous defamation trial against his ex-wife ended in June this year.

A jury in the US ruled Heard defamed Depp in the six-week trial that featured explicit and graphic evidence, and testimony detailing how the former Hollywood couple's soured relationship.

The jury also ruled in favour of Heard in some aspects of her countersuit against Depp.

The jury awarded Depp US$15 million in damages from Heard, and Heard US$2 million in damages for one proven defamation claim.

Depp hadn't let the trial's outcome put his entertaining plans on hold.

Ahead of the verdict being read out in the US, he had chosen to stay in the UK and had performed with musician Jeff Beck on stage.

Filming on the movie began in July, and is expected to last 11 weeks, according to Deadline.

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