After two years since his last role, Johnny Depp is preparing a comeback that Netflix will stream exclusively in France. This is the business behind his return to the silver screen.

After a significant stock drop in late April, Netflix Inc. has now announced the acquisition of rights to stream Depp’s new movie, “La Favorite.” The film will be available only to French audiences approximately fifteen months after its theatrical release. 

At the time of writing this article, there is no information about “La Favorite” being released or streamed in any other countries.

Due to the public accusations of his ex-wife, Amber Heard, the actor has not appeared in a film since 2020. After the public court win, movie-goers have been interested about if and when the star would return to work. 

As a result, Netflix acquiring the exclusive lights to Johnny Depp’s film return in France appears timely. However, it is a part of a larger initiative the streaming platform has in plan for the French film industry. 

Depp is just the pièce de résistance

Despite the name power of Johnny Depp being added to the mix, Netflix has partnered with multiple guilds in France to fund local films. Terms of this agreement include the streaming service supplementing the project’s funding. 

In the case of “La Favorite,” Netflix is providing an investment of $40 million. It will be a period piece directed by Maïwenn Le Besco.

For this purpose, Johnny Depp will portray Louis XV in the movie’s lead role. 

Other films Netflix France have bought the rights to include “Astérix et Obélix: l’Empire du Milieu” and “Chien et Chat.” 

In summary, Johnny Depp coming back to acting and Netflix’s business moves in France are promising for all parties involved.

Nonetheless, audiences’ reaction to Captain Jack Sparrow transitioning into a French monarch is yet to be determined. 

H/T: Bloomberg

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