Johnny Depp as War Photographer W. Eugene Smith Revealed in Minamata

Minamata began shooting in January of this year, with Johnny Depp ready to play at the famous war photographer W. Eugene Smith. At the time, we were given an overview of Depp's character at the start of production. We now have a first glimpse of Depp in the film.

Metalwork Pictures & # 39; Minamata Actress Johnny Depp in the role of the famous war photographer W. Eugene Smith in a redeeming thriller this is called a real story of David versus Goliath. Smith is opposed to a powerful corporation responsible for the poisoning of the people of Minamata of Japan in 1971.

Minamata is an extremely touching story of how the powerful photograph of a man influenced the world to take action. HanWay Films manages international sales at the Cannes Film Festival this week. The film is directed by Metalwork Pictures' Andrew Levitas and is also starring Bill Nighy, Minami, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Ryo Kase and Jun Kunimura.

Away from the glory days of the Second World War, W. Eugene Smith (Depp) became a loner, disconnected from society and his career. But an old friend and a commission from the editor of "Life Magazine" (Nighy) convinces him to return to Japan to expose a great story: the devastating annihilation of a coastal community, victims of the corporate greed and the local police and government complicit.

Armed with his only trusted camera, Smith must win the trust of this struggling community and find the images that will bring history to the world. The trial of the victims against the society responsible for this environmental disaster represents one of the biggest outlets of all time, the victims of the illness of Minamata still being the object of 'compensation. The production spent time in in Minamata and the meeting of victims and their families, and the film is shot with their support.

Andrew Levitas directed a screenplay by David K. Kessler, who worked from the book of Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith. Producers include Johnny Depp and Sam Sarkar for Infinitum Nihil, Andrew Levitas under his banner Metalwork Pictures and Gabrielle Tana. HanWay Films makes international sales in Cannes.

Johnny Depp has been a controversial figure in Hollywood over the last year because of his public scramble with Amber Heard. He was accused of domestic violence and many wanted to see him replaced in the franchise derived from Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts where he played the villain Grindelwald. He must already be confirmed for Fantastic Beasts 3 while he is trying to overcome his tarnished image. We recently had a first glimpse of Johnny Depp in Waiting for the Barbarians where he still plays another villain.

The new image of Minamata . ] comes from Hanway Films. He represents Johnny Depp in photographer mode while he directs W. Eugene Smith surrounded by Japanese locals at Minamata .

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