Maiwenn’s ‘Jeanne du Barry’ to open Cannes Film Festival before streaming on Netflix
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Maiwenn's 'Jeanne du Barry' to open Cannes Film Festival before streaming on Netflix

The upcoming historical drama, Jeanne du Barry, starring Johnny Depp and Louis Garrel, will open Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Maïwenn, the film will premiere on May 16th before making its way to Netflix 15 months later.

The film marks Depp’s acting comeback after a three-year break following his highly publicized legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Depp ended up winning a defamation trial, much to the delight of his fans. 

According to Variety, the official synopsis for Jeaane du Barry reads: “Jeanne Vaubernier, a young working-class woman hungry for culture and pleasure, uses her intelligence and allure to climb the rungs of the social ladder one by one. She becomes the favourite of King Louis XV who, unaware of her status as courtesan, regains through her his appetite for life. They fall madly in love. Against all propriety and etiquette, Jeanne moves to Versailles, where her arrival scandalizes the court.”

Maïwenn, who has previously starred in films such as One Deadly Summer and Leon: The Professional (which was inspired by her relationship with director Luc Besson), will portray the titular character in her historical drama. Jeanne du Barry is performed entirely in French, despite Depp barely speaking to language before filming began.