Johnny Depp to step into director’s chair for new movie after Amber Heard case


Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp will direct his first film in 25 years. It comes a few months after his courtroom victory in the Amber Heard case.

The 59-year-old is set to direct Modigliani, a biopic about the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that production is set to begin in Europe next spring.

However, the casting for the film has not been revealed yet, reports added.

This comes after Depp won $15 million in damages in a defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp will direct the new film and work with Al Pacino

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It’s the star’s first feature behind the camera since Daredevil, starring him and Marlon Brando.

Barry Navidi and Al Pacino are reportedly co-producing the film.

Based on the play by Dennis McIntyre, it was adapted for the silver screen by Jerzy and Mary Kromolowski.

The film will reflect the life of the artist in 1916 in Paris for 48 hours. It is said that these two days were a turning point in his life and helped cement his reputation as a legend as an artist.

“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I am incredibly honored and truly humbled to bring to the screen,” said Depp.

“It was a life of suffering but ultimately triumph – a universal human story that all viewers can relate to.”

Depp is taking on his first acting role since the Heard case

This is not the first step back in the film industry for the star, as it was announced that he will play King Louis XV in Jeanne Du Barry. The actors are said to have started filming at the end of July and it will be his first feature film in three years, according to Sky.

It follows Jeanne, a young working-class woman who uses her brains and charm to climb the social ladder and catch the eye of King Louis XV.

His previous major acting role was in the 2020 indie film Minamata, where he played war photographer W Eugene Smith.

Depp won a defamation case against Amber Heard earlier this year. This comes after the Aquaman star wrote a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post, describing her as a survivor of domestic violence. The op-ed did not name the Edward Scissorhands actor by name. But his legal team claimed it meant he was abusive in their relationship. Depp vehemently denied this.

The jury found in his favor and awarded him $10 million in compensatory and punitive damages for a total of $15 million. Ms. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages.

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