Johnny Depp will reportedly still star in a film which is loosely based on the highly publicized sexual assault case between Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a maid who worked in a New York hotel, even after estranged wife Amber Heard’s allegations of abuse.
The film, The Libertine, will be directed by Brett Ratner. Ratner’s reps said in a recent statement that the actor will indeed be involved in the film and that he is excited to work with Depp.
“Johnny is absolutely still attached. Brett is very excited to work with him.”
Ratner says that the script is one of the best he’s ever read and that he was excited to do the film even though it’s not on as big a scale as his movies usually are.
“The whole movie takes place in one location, and I’ve never done that before. It’s one of the best scripts I’ve ever read. People are surprised, because I’ve always been a commercial filmmaker, and this is a much smaller movie,” Ratner said.
Fans and critics are confused this week as to why Depp would remain attached to such a film when he was recently accused by Heard of several instances of abuse; Heard even obtained a restraining order against him.
“Everybody agreed it would be impossible to still use Depp in light of the abuse allegations…it would create some controversy; they decided it was too hot to go near. You can’t do it. Brett would be devastated as this is a dream project,” a source told the New York Post.
Several friends and members of Depp’s family have spoken out against Heard, however, saying that they have never known Depp to be violent. Johnny’s attorney, Laura Wasser, claims that Heard “is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.”
Actress Jamie King spoke about the situation in a recent interview and couldn’t say enough good things about both Johnny and Amber, saying that people are being hurt on both sides.
“It makes me really emotional. Listen, I love Johnny Depp. One of my very first movies he played my father (Blow). I learned so much from him. I have so much respect for him. He is one of the most loving, kind, generous, attentive, brilliant men that I’ve ever met. There was so much that I learned from him. He was an incredible mentor. Being able to work with someone like that at the beginning of my career really taught me what it meant to be a true professional and a true artist…I love Amber. I think that she’s an incredible bright light. She’s a beautiful human being. Bottom line, what bothers me the most is that people are being hurt on both sides. It is a deeply painful situation and people are treating it as if it’s entertainment, and it’s not f–king funny. And it’s not entertaining,” King told Us Weekly.
Heard found herself in the headlines once again recently when it was revealed that she was arrested in 2009 after a physical altercation with her former girlfriend, Tasya van Ree, at an airport. Van Ree, however, says that the entire incident was “misread” by the people who were there.
“In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a powerful position. I recount hints of misogynistic attitudes toward us which later appeared to be homophobic when they found out we were domestic partners and not just ‘friends.’ Charges were quickly dropped and she was released moments later.”
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