Although Johnny Depp is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors, the star has not drawn mood through his work lately. He was involved in a legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard for some time, and just a few weeks ago, their controversial defamation case ended, with the verdict falls largely in Depp’s favor. Now, as Depp prepares for a new trial, his last major film he shot, Minamata, has officially set a release date for streaming. And it’s ready to go faster than you might expect.
Minamatadistributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films, will stream home at Hulu (opens in new tab), according to the streamer, and the film will be available to customers from July 8. So subscribers only have a few weeks before they can check out the historical drama. It may not be wild to assume that a significant number of people may be interested in checking it out, given that these are the first films starring Pirates of the Caribbean star that has been dropped for a while. Of course, this notion of the reception on the streamer is pure speculation at this point.
The film, which Johnny Depp has also produced, is based on the novel of Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith of the same name. Depp portrays the late Smith, a retired American photojournalist who traveled to Japan in the 1970s to investigate the emergence of a mysterious disease. From there, Smith engages in a battle with the corporate entity that causes the disease and tries to make the circumstances behind the tragedy known to the world. And in the process of doing so, he becomes something of an icon within his profession.
MinamataThe road to the big screen was actually a bit of a complicated ordeal. The film, which received positive early reviews, was originally scheduled to hit theaters in the United States in February 2021, although it was eventually postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, many were apparently unaware of the studio’s decision, as many thought it bombed due to the minimal amount it took in that weekend. Finally, the film was released in theaters in February and ended with a meager catch of 1.7 million dollars.
While the Andrew Levitas-directed drama is preparing for streaming, Johnny Depp is on his way back to court for an assault-related case. The actor is being sued by the location manager from his 2018 film The city of lies, who claims that Depp beat him twice. The Star’s legal team will include Camille Vasquez, who was a protagonist in his defamation case against Amber Heard. Despite their victory, it lawyer for this latest plaintiff has stated and is not for the phase of the outcome of that trial.
Outside the courtroom drama, Johnny Depp is next set to play Louis XV in a film directed by the French filmmaker Maïwenn. So is he supposedly set up a project with guitarist Jeff Beck. Time will tell how these projects will develop, but more immediately, further reactions to Minamata should be with us early next month.
If you are planning to check out Minamata when it comes to streaming on July 8, make sure you have one Hulu subscription.