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Depp in Court: Maïwenn’s “Jeanne du Barry” Courts Louis Garrel, Pierre Richard & Noémie Lvovsky

Depp in Court: Maïwenn’s “Jeanne du Barry” Courts Louis Garrel, Pierre Richard & Noémie Lvovsky

Johnny Depp might have missed out on a nice Disney payday, but he’ll soon be holding court with the likes of Louis Garrel, Pierre Richard & Noémie Lvovsky in the now titled Jeanne du BarryMaïwenn‘s sixth feature film. In Screen Daily’s recap of Wild Bunch’s upcoming film slate, the period piece will likely be readied for a Cannes 2023 unveiling. Cannes topper Thierry Frémaux has invited the actress-filmmaker to Cannes before – 2011’s Polisse (read review) and Mon Roi (2015) we comp selections and 2020’s DNA was selected for the Cannes special.

It is freely inspired by the life of Jeanne Bécu who was born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 and went on to rise through the Court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress. Maïwenn will also star as Jeanne du Barry opposite Johnny Depp as Louis XV.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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