The festival opened with the screening of Jeanne du Barry, the French film from director and co-star Maïwenn, which features Depp as King Louis XV. It’s the first major role of the actor, following years of litigation involving his ex-wife Amber Heard. The situation cost Depp lost income from lucrative acting opportunities in franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts. Now it’s crystal clear that fans of Depp are thrilled to see him back in action. He was honored with a seven minute standing ovation by the audience.
Video clips of Depp at the screening have been floating around social media. He can be seen getting emotional in response to the applause, as he waves to those present, with obvious gratitude.
The actor who is widely loved for his portrayal of Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, even signed autographs on the red carpet for eager fans who greeted him warmly as he walked past. The positive reaction at the screening squashes speculation that screening a Johnny Depp movie at Cannes would be problematic, after all, he received a hero’s applause.