Johnny Depp has been pictured as King Louis XV of France in Jeanne Du Barry, his first film role since his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

The actor, 59, was almost unrecognisable in the new still from the film where he sported a blindfold and a vintage blonde wig.

The film star was dressed in 18th-century clothing as he sported a gold regal jacket with a high collar and a white shirt.

The actor also looked noticably paler in the image and he appeared to have reddened lips.

Johnny will play King Louis XV alongside Maiwenn Le Besco, who will both direct the film and play the main character, Jeanne du Barry, King Louis’ mistress.

Le Besco has had success before, directing critically acclaimed films such as ‘Polisse’ and ‘Mon Roi.’

The film will be Johnny’s first film in French and is expected to released in 2023.

While the budget for the movie is unclear, Johnny reportedly has an up-front starting fee of $20 million for any role.

Jeanne Du Barry marks a return for Johnny after much of Hollywood blacklisted him following domestic violence accusations from Amber.

Filming on the project reportedly began in July – following the end of the trial – and is expected to last for 11 weeks, according to Deadline.

The story follows title character Jeanne, a working-class woman who climbs the Paris social hierarchy and eventually comes to the attention of King Louis XV.

In 2020, a British court ruled that 12 of 14 violence incidents claimed by Amber were ‘substantially true,’ and Johnny was subsequently forced to resign from the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise at the request of Warner Bros.

But, after his own defamation suit against Amber, in which he was awarded $15 million, the star seems to be attracting interest again.

Johnny is reportedly in talks to star in another Pirates of the Caribbean film and reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow after a $301 million offer from Disney.

According to reports, Johnny allegedly joked he wouldn’t return to the Pirates franchise even if he was offered $300 million, which led Disney to offer him $1 million more than that.

His last film, Minimata, about war photographer W. Eugene Smith, was released in 2020.

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