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European cinema or American blockbuster, what future for Johnny Depp in the cinema?

After his legal victory on Wednesday in the trial against Amber Heard, the actor should embody, this summer, King Louis XV in Jeanne du Barrydirected by Maïwenn.

After Johnny Depp’s victory on Wednesday against his ex-wife in an American court, the star of Pirates of the Caribbean could revive his acting career even if he is unlikely to become the darling of Hollywood studios again anytime soon.

“The jury brought me back to life”, exulted Johnny Depp after the verdict which awarded him $ 15 million in damages for defamatory remarks made by Amber Heard. His ex-wife, who was counter-attacking in the same lawsuit in Virginia, only got two million dollars, also for defamation.

$22 million shortfall

Experts said at the helm that Johnny Depp suffered a shortfall of more than 22 million dollars by losing his role in the sixth installment of the adventures of Jack Sparrow following statements by Amber Heard. The actress’s lawyers, however, produced witnesses assuring that her ex-husband’s star had already faded long before that due to a “unprofessional behavior”linked in particular to his consumption of alcohol and narcotics.

“The damage is done, and from there a process of returning to a certain normality could begin”says a Hollywood producer who has worked with Johnny Depp in the past. “But I don’t think he’s going to have very, very big studio deals, with everything at stake.”he told AFP on condition of anonymity. “If he’s throwing bottles and taking drugs, he’s not on time, they’re not going to accept delays that cost such a lot of money from someone whose star is no longer in the firmament”, analyzes this producer. According to him, the major studios could in particular experience difficulties in ensuring expensive productions in which Johnny Depp would appear. “Now it’s too risky to take a guy like this into billion-dollar franchises”he notes.

Johnny Depp never claimed to be a nice, well-behaved little guy. Personally, I think he will manage to come back, it seems logical

Karen North, professor at the University of Southern California specializing in reputation management

And while Virginia jurors and social media fans sided with the actor during the trial, there’s no guarantee he’ll ever be able to win over viewers, especially female audiences, again. “Some of the things he said are despicable,” launched the producer, referring to certain SMS quoted during the trial in which Johnny Depp called his ex-wife a “stupid cow” or evoked his “rotting corpse”.

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Even if the cases are not comparable, other Hollywood stars have made a successful comeback after devastating controversies for their careers, such as Mel Gibson or Robert Downey Jr. “I think some studios will be willing to work with him from now on”, says Karen North, a professor at the University of Southern California specializing in reputation management. Despite a recent series of fiascos, “it has almost always been very good at the box office”she judges, noting that Johnny Depp has benefited from a strong public exposure with this ultra-publicized trial.

Certainly, a celebrity with a sober and polite image would struggle to recover from such tales of bouts of drunkenness and drug use, but Johnny Depp “never claimed to be a nice, well-behaved little guy”. “If someone has a bad boy side and they are accused of excesses like this, people are going to say well, it does not surprise me, it does not change the idea that I have of this person. »explains Karen North. “Personally, I think Johnny Depp will manage to come back, it seems logical”.

“French movies”

If the actor returns to the cinema, he could also decide not to go through the Hollywood box. “He could become a darling of independent cinema, where filming lasts six to eight weeks and fees are $250,000, with 25% of the film’s rights”says the producer who worked with him. “He might even get a nomination for a great little role (…) and wow people with a crazy performance”, he imagines. What else? “He is going to work in Europe. I mean, they don’t bother with that kind of stuff over there.”believes the producer, for whom Johnny Depp will undoubtedly “to make French or German films”.

The 58-year-old actor should indeed appear in a French film by director Maïwenn, Jeanne du Barry . In this feature film still in the pre-production phase, Johnny Depp will play King Louis XV. Louis Garrel, Pierre Richard and Noémie Lvovsky complete this five-star cast, according to the Allociné page for the feature film, which is scheduled for release in 2023.

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