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Johnny Depp’s King Louis XV Movie Updates: Everything We Know

Johnny Depp is starring as King Louis XV in the upcoming French movie Jeanne Du Barry – here’s everything we know about the cast, story, and release date. Jeanne Du Barry is Johnny Depp’s big return to acting since his highly publicized defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The film, also titled La Favorite, sees Johnny Depp tackle yet another historical figure’s life after his notable portrayals of J.M. Barrie, John Dillinger, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, and John Wilmot.


Jeanne Du Barry is directed by Maïwenn, who previously helmed French films like DNA, Mon Roi, and Polisse. The movie will transport audiences back to France in the 18th century, where the real-life relationship between Johnny Depp’s King Louis XV and his favorite mistress Madame du Barry, is explored. Barry wasn’t well-liked at the king’s court, with famous royalty like Marie Antoinette – who married the king’s grandson – describing her as a scandalous figure. While the period drama will likely focus on her relationship with Johnny Depp’s character, Madame du Barry was notable for her continued controversies after the king’s death and well into the French Revolution.

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While Jeanne Du Barry was licensed for streaming by Netflix, it is not a Netflix Original movie. Additionally, this deal was made for streaming in France, so it’s unclear whether the Johnny Depp movie will also drop on Netflix in the US simultaneously. Here’s everything we know about Jeanne Du Barry, including who else stars in the biopic, the true story of Depp’s character, and when it will be released.

Jeanne Du Barry Cast: Who Stars Alongside Johnny Depp?

Opposite Johnny Depp’s Louis XV is director Maïwenn in the title role. The French movie will also star Pascal Greggory, Pierre Richard, Noémie Lvovsky, Benjamin Lavernhe, and India Hair. So far, the actors’ roles outside of Johnny Depp and Maïwenn are undisclosed.

Jeanne Du Barry True Story: Who Was The Real Life King Louis XV?

King Louis XV, who ruled from 1715 until his death in 1774, was the last king of France before the French Revolution, which began under the reign of his grandson Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette. Johnny Depp’s character was notable for his largely ineffective rule, which led the nation to financial ruin, and was remembered for frequent accusations of corruption. The Jeanne Du Barry figure was also noted for his many mistresses, with the title character being known as his final paramour.

Jeanne Du Barry Release Date Prediction

Jeanne Du Barry is slated to be released in French theaters in 2023, but the exact month hasn’t been confirmed. The movie is still filming throughout the summer, so the Johnny Depp movie can be expected to premiere in the spring of 2023 at the earliest. Jeanne Du Barry will release on Netflix France 15 months after its theatrical premiere, so it is predicted to drop on the service toward the end of 2024. The French horror film Titane was released in French theaters in July 2021 before being distributed in the US in October, so if Jeanne Du Barry follows a similar model, it could arrive in the US around summer 2023.

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