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Johnny Depp will helm a motion picture for the first time in twenty-five years.
For “Modigliani,” a biographical drama on Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, the actor will make a comeback in front of the camera. Al Pacino and Barry Navidi are producing the movie. The movie has the support of IN.2, the Infinitum Nihil production company’s European division.
The film “Modigliani,” which was based on Dennis McIntyre’s stage production of the same name and was adapted for the screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski, is set in 1916 Paris and follows the tale of the Italian-born painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. In the movie, Modigliani, who has been “long considered by himself a critical and financial failure,” “navigates a chaotic and exciting 48 hours that will constitute a turning point in his life, finally confirming his position as an artistic legend.” Given that it is a tale of struggle and success, Depp said the story is one that the audience can relate to.
The film represents Depp’s most recent attempt to revive his career following his widely publicized defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard. The jury determined that Heard had slandered Depp in her 2018 Washington Post opinion piece, in which she made reference to having experienced domestic abuse. However, the jury discovered that Depp defended Heard by disparaging her through his lawyer.
Johnny Depp has been able to find work with European production companies even if Hollywood has shied away from him. In the upcoming historical romance movie “Jeanne du Barry” by French director Mawenn, he also plays the contentious King Louis XV.
First significant movie for Johnny Depp since trial
Depp’s upcoming performance in “Jeanne du Barry” will mark his first significant acting assignment since his part as war photographer W. Eugene Smith in the independent film “Minamata” in 2020. After Depp lost his libel action against the British newspaper The Sun, which had referred to him as a “wife beater,” Warner Bros. forced him to leave the “Harry Potter” spinoff series “Fantastic Beasts” that same year. In “Fantastic Beast: The Secrets of Dumbledore” from 2022, Madds Mikkelson took up Depp’s role as the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
Depp, best known for his roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Sweeney Todd,” made his directorial debut with the 1997 film “The Brave,” in which he co-starred with Marlon Brando. The neo-Western received negative reviews from critics and audiences, with Variety’s review labeling it “turgid and ridiculous.” Since then, he hasn’t directed a movie, but he has produced (or executive produced) a number of films, including “Hugo,” “The Lone Ranger,” and “Minimata.”
Pacino and Navidi, who have previously worked together on “The Merchant of Venice,” “Wilde Salomé,” and “Salomé” (all from 2004), work together once more in this movie (2013).