Johnny Depp has announced he will be returning to the director’s chair for the first time in 25 years.
The controversial actor is set to direct Modigliani, a biopic about the acclaimed Italian artist.
In a statement, Depp said: “The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I’m incredibly honored, and truly humbled, to bring to the screen. It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph — a universally human story all viewers can identify with.”
While no casting details have been revealed, Al Pacino is on board as a producer and the film is due to start shooting in early 2023.
Best known for his role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Depp has previously directed a single film.
In 1997, he made The Brave which starred himself and Marlon Brando in a story about revenge and snuff films.
It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to negative reviews and has still never been released commercially in the US.
The Brave also featured music from Iggy Pop.
Depp was also recently confirmed to star in his first film in three years with La Favorite, a French film about King Louis XV with the Sweeney Todd actor playing the second longest serving King of France.
La Favorite is directed by and co-stars Maiwenn as well as Louis Garrel.
It will be Depp’s first role since the little seen Minamata was released in early 2020. Minamata itself followed a series of commercial failures for Depp who was once one of the most popular actors in Hollywood.
Depp, who also performs as a musician, is currently on the comeback trail following his defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard. The jury in the trial ruled that Heard had defamed Depp after writing an op-ed in which she made references to “domestic assault” and “sexual violence”.
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