Johnny Depp is returning to the big screen.
Amid the highly publicized ongoing trial between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, it has been confirmed that the actor will finally be making an acting comeback for the first time since allegations of abuse were made against him in 2016.
ICYMI, both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were essentially, blacklisted from Hollywood following domestic abuse allegations between them.
Depp hasn’t been a part of any projects since 2020, after the allegations were made in 2016, putting a halt to all of his movies at the time.
During his April 19 witness testimony, Depp shared that the last six years have been difficult.
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“It’s been six years of trying times,” he said of his career. “It’s pretty strange when one day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, then 0.6 seconds [later] you’re Quasimodo.”
After appearing in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “The Crimes Of Grindelwald”, Depp lost his “Harry Potter’ spin-off role.
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Depp was replaced in 2020 after losing a libel suit against Amber Heard in the U.K. The character of Grindelwald was portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen in 2022’s The Secrets Of Dumbledore, taking the role over from Depp.
At the time of his departure from the series, Depp addressed fans on Instagram.
He confirmed Warner Brothers, the studio behind the Fantastic Beasts movies, asked him to resign. He also maintained his innocence in spite of the allegations against him.
Depp testified that he was set to receive a $22.5-million salary to return as Jack Sparrow for the franchise’s sixth movie.
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During his most recent trial, Depp said if Disney did ever offer him the chance to return to the series, he would turn them down now.
“…there was a deep and distinct sense of feeling betrayed by the people that I’ve worked hard for,” he said during a cross-examination with Heard’s lawyer.
Amid their highly publicized ongoing trial, however, news of Depp’s return to the big screen has surfaced and fans could not be more excited.
“My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false,” he wrote in a statement.
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In the midst of the ongoing legal fights with Heard, Depp also cut ties with Disney and his most famous character.
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Depp was set to reprise his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6. However, as the allegations against Depp continued to make headlines, he was dropped from the production which is currently on hold.
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Depp will be starring in Louis XV as the French king in the next film directed by French helmer Maiwenn.
According to Variety, the film will begin shooting this summer in France, across Parisian landmarks, including the Versailles Palace.
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Filming is set to last for three months.
Fans have taken to Twitter to share their excitement over Johnny Depp’s return to cinema.
“We love to see it,” one fan tweeted.
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“After this trial is over and Johnny Depp receives [the] justice he’s been denied, wait and see all the offers that begin to flood in. He’s so deserving of it because of the horror he’s been through and survived,” they added.
“He will be an even bigger celebrity than before,” someone else wrote.
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“Finally, this is what we have waited for, for so long. We welcome Johnny with open arms. Always have done, always will do. So proud of him and proud his strength.”
Another fan tweeted that Depp deserves to be doing what he loves again, after such a tumultuous time.
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“He deserves to get back to doing what he loves and more! And as a bonus we get to watch him in the big screen again,” they penned.
Another person chimed in, urging Hollywood to publicly apologize to Depp.
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“Woohoo! Well deserved of course,” they tweeted. “Hollywood owes him a public apology.”
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“It is a shame that a man of his talent has had to endure such pain. Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing it,” another person replied to news about the film via Twitter.
“Can’t wait to see this film! He’s an incredible actor and deserves his career and reputation back,” someone else echoed.
Let us know what you think of Depp’s highly anticipated return back to the big screen in the comments below.
Johnny Depp is one of the most revered actors in Hollywood. For decades we’ve watched as he’s captivated audiences both on and off the screen, as he completely disappears in the characters that he plays.
Depp will be starring in Louis XV as the French king in the next film directed by French helmer Maiwenn. According to Variety, the film will begin shooting this summer in France, across Parisian landmarks, including the Versailles Palace. Filming is set to last for three months.
Depp’s career has been on a downswing since his legal battle with Heard began. He resigned from his role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise at the request of Warner Bros. after losing a libel case in 2020 against The Sun, which had called Depp a “wife-beater” in a 2018 headline. Warner Bros. replaced Depp with Mads Mikkelsen in the recently released third Fantastic Beasts film
Below are 10+ interesting facts about Johnny Depp that you might not have known.
1. Johnny’s first starring film role was in 1984’s *A Nightmare On Elm Street*.
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A very young Johnny Depp played Glen Lantz, the boyfriend of Nancy.
If you haven’t seen the film, Johnny’s death is one of the most famous horror scenes of all time.
2. Johnny’s in a band.
Not just any band: a supergroup! This trio of rockers is made up of Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, and Joe Perry (Aerosmith).
Hollywood Vampires was the name of a celebrity drinking club formed in the ’70s by Alice Cooper.
3. Johnny was incredibly close with legendary author, Hunter S. Thompson.
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Johnny played the role of Raoul Duke, a pseudonym for Thompson, in the ’90s cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
It’s equal parts arthouse and drug-film, interlaced with extremely revelatory commentary on the human condition.
He even got to honor his friend in a very special way!
Hunter’s dying wish was to have his remains shot out of a cannon, and Johnny is reported to have spent more than $3 million to make it happen!
“I just want to send my pal out the way he wants to go out,” he said in an interview.
4. Johnny was a featured artist on Oasis’ 1997 album “Be Here Now.”
If you listen for the slide-guitar part on “Fade In-Out,” that’s none other than Johnny himself.
Depp is a longtime fan of Oasis and a talented guitarist in his own right.
5. The inspiration for Captain Jack Sparrow was legendary rocker, Keith Richards.
If you’re a fan of The Rolling Stones, this will come as no surprise.
Not only does Depp imitate Richard’s vernacular perfectly, but he also has the same swagger in his walk.
Keith even makes a cameo appearance in *Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End*.
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Keith played Jack’s estranged father, Captain Teague, Keeper of the Pirate Code.
Watching the pair of them onscreen together was a dream come true!
6. He’s appeared in 8 different Tim Burton films to date.
“There was a connection that was very hard to describe, even back then on Scissorhands. It was just there, instantly. I don’t know, it’s hard to explain,” Johnny said in an interview.
7. He has seriously expensive taste when it comes to wine.
It became a bit of a problem over the years, in fact, when it came to spending money on it.
The star confirmed that he regularly spent upwards of $30,000 dollars a month – just on wine!
8. Johnny has never won an Oscar.
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Johnny was robbed. Say what you will about the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as a whole, it doesn’t alter the fact that the first film was brilliant.
More specifically, that Johnny was brilliant in the role.
9. Depp reached out to infamous crime boss James “Whitey” Blugar for his role in *Black Mass*.
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Unfortunately, “Whitey” declined each and every time. Which is too bad, considering the mobster reportedly wasn’t a fan of how Johnny chose to portray him.
I guess he maybe should have consulted with him then?
10. It was Nicolas Cage who convinced Johnny to pursue a career in acting.
During an interview with People Magazine, Cage said,
“He wanted to be a musician at the time, and he told me, ‘No, I can’t act.’ I said, ‘I think you can act.’ So I sent him to meet with my agent. She sent him out on his first audition, which was A Nightmare on Elm Street.”
11. Johnny was once the co-owner of Hollywood’s infamous Viper Room.
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The Viper Room was once the most popular rock bar in Hollywood. It’s also the location where River Phoenix sadly overdosed and passed away.
Johnny is said to have sold the club due to battles with his own depression at the time.
12. He donated all of his earnings from *The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus* to Heath Ledger’s daughter.
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While Johnny was filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, tragedy struck and Heath Ledger sadly lost his life.
Johnny set up a savings account in Heath’s daughter’s name and he, along with Jude Law and Colin Farrell, donated every last penny of revenue they earned to her.
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Johnny always keeps a Captain Jack costume at the ready. He’s been known to dress up and visit sick children in the hospital to help brighten their day!
Swashbuckling with Captain Jack? Count me in!
14. He was nearly trampled to death by hishorse while filming *The Lone Ranger*.
Johnny had elected to do all of his own stunts. As you can see in the video, he’s riding at an incredibly fast pace before he slips to the side.
The horse avoids trampling him by just a few inches.
15. The influence behind his Willy Wonka character is seriously bizarre.
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“Certain ingredients you add to these characters like Willy Wonka for example. I imagined what George Bush would be like incredibly stoned. And, thus was born my version of Willy Wonka.”
16. Johnny has a fossil named after him.
Paleontologist David Legg said,
“When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands. Even the genus name, Kootenichela, includes the reference to this film as ‘chela’ is Latin for claws or scissors.”