The new film by Johnny Depp is now co-financed by Netflix: The streaming giant secured the rights to “La Favorite”.
Netflix has acquired the rights to stream Johnny Depp’s next film, La Favorite, in France. It will be the Hollywood star’s first starring role since taking his ex-wife Amber Heard to court.
Johnny Depp plays Louis XV.
As “Bloomberg” reports, citing insiders, Netflix is said to have acquired the rights to stream the film 15 months after its theatrical release in France. These conditions have not yet been confirmed. Outside of France, the streaming giant has no rights to the material. With the sale of the film rights, the makers finance the production of the film. Netflix is also not involved in the creation.
Depp portrays French King Louis XV in “La Favorite,” directed by Maiwenn Le Besco. She also takes on the female lead and embodies Jeanne du Barry, the king’s mistress. The film is scheduled to hit French cinemas in 2023.
Depp feared a Hollywood boycott
Depp’s fears of being boycotted by Hollywood over an article by his ex-wife appear to have been further quashed by the Netflix deal. According to rumors, Disney is also said to have shown renewed interest in the former “Pirates of the Caribbean” star.
Johnny Depp has sued Amber Heard for defamation for $50 million. A guest post by the actress in The Washington Post about her experiences with domestic violence, which didn’t identify Depp, ruined his reputation, the actor said. In the end, Depp won in court, Amber Heard has to pay her ex-husband $ 10.35 million. The actress’ lawyers want to appeal the verdict.