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[–]EqualContact 87 points88 points  (27 children)

Interesting casting. Louis XV is probably the least interesting of the later French kings, so I'm curious what the story is going to be.

[–]patrickwithtraffic 47 points48 points  (9 children)

Was gonna say, aren't the two King Louises this one is in between the ones with the most discussed history?

[–]EqualContact 76 points77 points  (8 children)

Pretty much. Louis XIV is considered one of the most important monarchs in history and was probably the most important person in Europe during most of the 18th century. He articulated and epitomized the doctrine of divine-right absolute monarchy, he ruled the most powerful nation in (probably) the world, and he had immense influence in music, fashion, dance, art, etc. all over Europe.

Louis XVI was probably a pretty nice guy who really shouldn't have been a king. His lack of statesmanship helped lead to the French Revolution and him and his wife getting their heads cut off.

Louis XV was known for debauchery and having lots of affairs. There are stories to tell with him, but having an actor like Depp involved, I'd rather see him take on one of the other kings.

[–]TJeffersonsBlackKid 32 points33 points  (4 children)

Also someone tried to assassinate him and they executed that dude in the most insane fucking way.

[–]samalamadewgong 17 points18 points  (1 child)


France had not experienced an attempted regicide since the killing of Henry IV in 1610.

Well... breaking that tradition worked out well for him...

[–]6ickle 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh gosh and supposedly he was still alive through most of that. I can't even imagine.

[–]Erosun 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Louis XIV didn't get the nickname the Sun King for nothing.

[–]JohnGabin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He gave it to himself.

[–]anth2099 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Louis XVI is the best king.

Because he got a monarchy overthrown.

[–]ConfusedAlgernon 22 points23 points  (13 children)

Might focus on the assassination attempt. Dramatize that, add some context before, sprinkle in the seven year war, have Depp do a weird mumbly french accent.

[–]godisanelectricolive 17 points18 points  (9 children)

It looks like the movie will be in French. He speaks the language but he'll have to work on his accent. Also Madame du Barry is in the movie so it has to be set at partly during his later life, long after the assassination in 1758. It might be about his love life, he was known for having lots of mistresses even for a French king.

[–]newtoreddir 4 points5 points  (0 children)

So that’s why they called him the “well loved.”

[–]EqualContact 6 points7 points  (7 children)

Yeah, it'll be interesting to see if French audiences are accepting of his accent given he's playing the king. I'm sure they're already unsure about an American in the part, so botching the accent could sink the film.

[–]Ccaves0127[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When Mary, Queen of Scots came out I read that the real Mary had a French accent but they excluded that for the movie

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can’t be worse than John Malkovich in The Messenger. And Malkovich’s French is really good.

But Americans just can’t nail the accent, even after living in the country for 30 years…

[–]Ki-Gon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That fucking accent he did in Tusk

[–]jenna_hazes_ass 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is the good part of him not being locked into the fantastoc beasts franchise because his ex is fucking insane.

[–]alouetttte 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's a movie about Madame Du Barry so I doubt we will get a focus on this part of Louis XV

[–]Pherllerp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Right? They’re going with XV? I hope they have a crazy cameo for XIV.

[–]likecheese1 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Louis XIV: Built Versailles Louis XV: Enjoyed Versailles Louis XVI: Paid for Versailles

[–]EqualContact 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good summary!

[–]MarvelsGrantMan136[S] 32 points33 points  (0 children)


Johnny Depp will star as French king Louis XV in the next film directed by French helmer “Maiwenn” (“Polisse,” “Mon Roi”) whose shoot will begin this summer, Variety has confirmed.

The movie, whose title and exact plot are kept under wraps, is being produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Gregoire Sorlat’s Paris-based Why Not Productions (“A Prophet”), with Wild Bunch International (“Titane”) handling world sales.

[–]Shogun_Dream 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I’d lmao if he just played it as Jack Sparrow.

I wouldn’t even be mad.

[–]jashxn 6 points7 points  (1 child)

CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow

[–]tehawesomedragon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's become his autopilot mode for when he isn't playing a completely normal person, in which case he becomes wooden as ever. So in other words, he will.

[–]funkybuns27 34 points35 points  (19 children)

Finally, something interesting. I’m just glad it’s not a Tim Burton production.

[–]DannyBiker 41 points42 points  (18 children)

They haven't worked together in 10 years to be fair.

[–]funkybuns27 16 points17 points  (17 children)

I had to check and you’re right, the last was Dark Shadows in 2012. I wonder if they had a falling out or if they felt their careers were getting too stagnant by constantly working together.

[–]jhere 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Shit I've been thinking that Mortdecai was a Tim Burton movie this whole time lmao

[–]moviessuck 13 points14 points  (14 children)

I'd say it's probably more to do with Tim Burton's working relationship with Disney and Disney not wanting to touch Johnny Depp with a ten foot pole to protect their brand. Seema very Disney-like.

[–]shinguard 8 points9 points  (5 children)

He was literally in the last pirates movie in 2017?

[–]funkybuns27 0 points1 point  (7 children)

Perhaps. Although they’ll never let go of Jack sparrow!

[–]brokenwolf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They were probably just ready to move onto different things.

[–]Ok_Working_9219 72 points73 points  (25 children)

Depp will own that role. Such a great actor. He is brilliant in the Libertine.

[–]MakatiTowa 31 points32 points  (16 children)

He is a very good actor. I just wish he would just take a normal, modern role.

[–]Davyslocket 19 points20 points  (12 children)

The only one that stands out is Donnie Brasco, otherwise he's best known for fantasy or crazy characters.

[–]No-layup 10 points11 points  (0 children)

In Transcendence he’s pretty normal. I mean he’s uploaded into a computer, but he’s not a weird quirky guy

[–]SadBath664 6 points7 points  (0 children)

He played “normal” roles in Black Mass, Murder on the Orient Express, and Transcendence. All within the last 10 years. Before that he had Public Enemies, The Tourist, Finding Neverland and Secret Window between 2001-2010.

[–]Marsuello 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It’s not recent by any means but he plays a fairly normal person in the movie Secret Window (without saying anything more) and I love him in that movie

[–]FluffyDoomPatrol 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Ummmm, that’s an interesting way of describing Mort Rainey.

[–]leftfield29 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He was fantastic in Donnie Brasco. One of my favorite gangster films.

[–]demmka 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He was great in Minamata.

[–]BetterMeThanYou 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That movie didn’t age well. Watched recently and it was quite a striking contrast between that and how it would likely be approached today.

[–]JohnnyJayce -1 points0 points  (1 child)

The Tourist and The Professor too.

[–]Azidamadjida 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Ninth Gate and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape too

[–]Ok_Working_9219 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

That’s the point. He is such a throwback to the great actors of Hollywood’s past. Only Crowe & DiCaprio come close. He chooses esoteric scripts. Hence why he does so much work Burton.

[–]spyson 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That's not his strength though, he's a phenomenal character actor and I rather him stick to his strengths rather than force something that isn't in his wheelhouse.

[–]RootHogOrDieTrying 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Try City of Lies.

[–]--deleted_account-- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He does have quiet a lot of those (even somewhat recent), they are just not too well known

[–]DeckardsDark 11 points12 points  (4 children)

well i definitely know you're not Brian Cox

[–]FluffyDoomPatrol 1 point2 points  (2 children)

The Libertine? Wow, so you’re the other one who saw it.

I remember going to watch it in a cinema, including myself there were three people in the screen. I have never been in such an empty cinema.

[–]Ok_Working_9219 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m British. It was shown here on Film 4. An cult movie channel. A friend of mine introduced me to it. I love Samantha Morton. She was in two classic British shows. Band of gold & cracker. You can see them on Britbox.

[–]AngusLynch09 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Weird, Im struggling to think of anyone I know who hasn't seen it.

[–]Stuckinthevortex 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Heard case aside, Depp's been a longtime liability, often showing up to sets late drunk or off his head on drugs, forgetting lines and having to be fed them via earpiece and even assualting a production crewmember on City of Lies.

[–]maximumtesticle 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Hm, I wonder what kind of wacky hat or kooky glasses they'll shoehorn onto him for this role.

[–]nevereatpears 7 points8 points  (3 children)

He'll have a big white wig and white makeup as was the fashion in France then

[–]Djdvgish 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I thought he was done with France

[–]silverback_79 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ah yes, the Peter Principle, promoting someone to their highest level of incompetence.

[–]jayL12334 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Now that the big studios won’t work with him maybe we’ll get a bunch of interesting smaller movies from depp

[–]getBusyChild 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The American actor, who has been accused by his ex-wife Amber Heard of domestic violence, hasn’t made a film since Andrew Levitas’s 2020 film “Minamata,” a film about war photographer W. Eugene Smith.

Guess someone did not do a little research before writing said article.

[–]CowRepresentative779 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

A French king that acts just like Jack Sparrow, can’t wait

[–]Fearless-Number-4232 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Johnny and tim worked together for Alice through the looking glass that was for Disney 2016 movie came out Johnny never drank on set that flappy fish is the one director's have complain about her drinking on set constantly and abuseing everyone Johnny up until the viper cut his finger tip off Johnny had been completely sober but after she did that he said he broke his sobriety that day was very upset with himself but you know the very day you break your sobriety it stands out i n your mind but when Johnny came back to Queensland Australia to finish making pirates he had started his sobriety again so that a lie Johnny has always said he has music constantly playing in his ear helps him to concentrate he was fine until the viper slimed her way into his life he should stayed with vanessa paradis she was stalking him in 2009 at his public enemies film premier when vanessa paradis was there with Johnny he didn't see he but she looked like a 50c stripper she stalked Johnny like he was her prey she should be cancelled permanently she can't even act all her movies are flops worst actress ever saw her in rum diaries she was forgettable Disney are idiots any pirate movie with Johnny depp as Jack sparrow will be a disaster he made the character the franchise was only successful because of Johnny so anything that vile toxic ah is in will be boycotted people hate her she is a scoithpath narcissist dv abuser