Superstar Johnny Depp has been signed on to play war photographer W. Eugene Smith in the upcoming drama Minamata. The flick is going to focus on Smith’s work as a photographer while he was working for Life magazine, mainly his contribution in exposing the poisoning of the people in Minimata, Japan.
Andrew Levitas is all set to direct the film, which is based on the book, which is written by Aileen Mioko Smith and, adapted by David K. Kessler. The story is to start with Smith as a recluse, the glory days of World War II gone. But an old friend and a commission from Life Magazine editor Ralph Graves convince him to journey back to Japan to expose a big story: the devastating annihilation of a coastal community through mercury poisoning.
Minamata is set to start production in Japan, then Serbia, in January. Levitas talked about working with the Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald actor, saying:
"Working with Johnny to give voice to those who have been silently suffering is a responsibility we do not take lightly. Much like Eugene Smith in 1971, we could not feel more privileged or humbled to be tasked with the mission of bringing this incredible story to the world."
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