A new look at Johnny Depp as Louis XV in French actor/director Maïwenn’s period drama Jeanne du Barry has been released, Deadline reports. In the new portrait-like image, Depp is seen with a sword in hand and a ruby in his neck, which was quite favored by Louis XV. What’s more, along with directing, Maïwenn also co-stars as the titular courtesan.
The historical love story is inspired by the life of Jeanne du Barry, Louis XV’s last royal mistress at the Court of Versailles, after Madame de Pompadour. An illegitimate daughter of a seamstress and born into poverty, Jeanne du Barry was a young working-class woman hungry for culture and pleasure. She uses her intelligence and beauty to rise through the ranks of 18th Century Paris high society and Louis XV’s Court at Versailles. As she becomes Louis XV’s favorite companion, he regains his appetite for life thanks to their relationship but remains unaware of her status as a courtesan. The two fall madly in love and, against all propriety and etiquette, Jeanne moves to Versailles, where her arrival scandalizes the court.