It looks like an inevitability, at this level: Johnny Depp shall be again on the massive display once more quickly. Not that he’s felt precisely absent from our screens during the last a number of months, as his defamation case towards ex-wife Amber Heard raged not simply in a Virginia courtroom however throughout your complete Web.
The ensuing determination was not a clear-cut victory for both facet, however with Depp being awarded $10 million in compensatory damages compared to Heard being awarded $2 million, the jury made it clear who they thought was extra within the improper right here.
Nonetheless, whereas Depp followers are treating yesterday’s verdict as a clear-cut victory for the star, the query turns into: What occurs subsequent, at the very least when it comes to Depp’s profession — the very factor he accused Heard of damaging?
One Hollywood producer advised Consequence that they didn’t see Wednesday’s verdict making an excessive amount of of a distinction: “Even earlier than all this, he was largely simply doing supporting roles in studio films and solely starring in indie and foreign-financed tasks, and I think about that may stay the identical. Whatever the verdict, studios and producers don’t need pointless controversy round their $100-200 million investments.”
Whereas which will imply there are not any tentpoles on the horizon, it does appear probably that the star will announce a notable position quickly, particularly given the present ardour of his fanbase. Nonetheless, one franchise that very probably gained’t characteristic Depp once more is the one which catapulted him into a brand new degree of fame. Bruckheimer advised The Sunday Occasions in Could 2022 that the way forward for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise didn’t embody Depp, saying that “We’re speaking to Margot Robbie. We’re creating two Pirates scripts — one along with her, one with out… [Will Depp be back?] Not at this level. The long run is but to be determined.”
Not that Depp desires to return as Captain Jack Sparrow, as he testified earlier within the trial — when requested by Heard’s legal professional, “If Disney got here to you with $300 million and one million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to return and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie?”, Depp confirmed that that assertion was true.
That’s only one position off the desk, although, and within the earlier a long time of his profession, Depp had demonstrated a exceptional vary when it got here to his work, with one commonality, as he advised Rolling Stone in 2018: “The monofilament that goes by means of all my characters, in case you actually look, they’re all fuckups. They’re damaged.”
He’s had loads of probabilities to point out off that vary of damaged males within the years since 2016, when Heard first got here ahead with abuse allegations: Taking part in an evil darkish wizard within the first and second Improbable Beasts movies, investigating the Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur murders in Metropolis of Lies, getting murdered himself in Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded adaptation of Homicide on the Orient Specific, and, allow us to not neglect, voicing the acclaimed position of Sherlock Gnomes within the animated movie Sherlock Gnomes.
Depp was “requested to resign” from the Improbable Beasts franchise following the 2020 trial the place he unsuccessfully sued a British paper that had labeled him a “spouse beater”; his output as an actor has undoubtedly declined within the final two years — although there was additionally a pandemic taking place, and he continued to do voice work and starred within the indie drama Minamata.
Proper now on the horizon is the French interval drama Jeanne Du Barry, which was offered at Cannes for pre-sales and is ready to star Depp as King Louis V, with actor/director Maïwenn taking part in the lady who ultimately grew to become the King’s mistress. The movie has but to enter manufacturing and there’s been no reporting on whether or not or not it managed to make any progress on the gross sales entrance, however one can solely think about that financiers have been first ready to see how Depp’s authorized scenario would resolve itself. (Consequence has reached out to the businesses concerned with Jeanne Du Barry to ask in regards to the mission’s present standing, and can replace this put up accordingly.)
Once more, Depp shall be again on display quickly sufficient (we stay in a world the place even Kevin Spacey’s nonetheless getting performing work, in any case), however maybe not as the middle of a studio tentpole. And that in all probability has much less to do with the result of this trial and extra to do with the in-depth reporting about his habits through the manufacturing of Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
Whereas making Pirates 5, Depp reportedly grew to become recognized for being habitually late to set and carrying an earpiece as a substitute of studying his traces, and whereas the latter won’t value a manufacturing an excessive amount of when it comes to cash and assets, a star’s lateness on that scale can have a direct impact on a movie’s finances. That’s the a part of Depp’s status which may have the extra lasting influence on his profession — and Amber Heard writing an opinion piece for the Washington Put up can’t be blamed for that.