Johnny Depp Attached To Star In Brett Ratner’s “The Libertine” — Cannes



will step into the lead role of the -directed THE LIBERTINE — not to be confused with the 2004 drama of the same name which also starred Depp.

The script, written by , landed on the Hit List and the Black List in 2015. and are set to produce. The film was originally picked up by Warner Bros. last year and is being shopped around to foreign buyers at Cannes.

Inspired by the assault allegations connected to Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011, Depp will star as a French politician who is accused of sexual assault and is placed under house arrest.

Depp stars in Kevin Smith’s forthcoming horror comedy Yoga Hosers and he will return to his role as the Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month. He will also reprise his role as Jack Sparrow in 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He is repped by .

Ratner’s last directing movie credit was Hercules in 2014. Since forming RatPac Entertainment with his partner James Packer – which currently co-finances 25% of Warner Bros.’ overall slate – his focus has shifted from directing to producing. His recent producing credits include the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, Black Mass, and The Revenant. His next project, True Crimes starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg, will be released later this year. He is repped by .

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