Johnny Depp to Star as W. Eugene Smith in “Minamata”

“Minamata” will tell the story of its namesake Japanese city and how war photographer W. Eugene Smith told the harrowing story of the disease that plagued it.

Johnny Depp is set to become the reel-life counterpart of renowned war photographer W. Eugene Smith in an upcoming independent film “Minamata.” The drama will be about the Japanese coastal town of Minamata, in Kumamoto Prefecture, and the severe mercury poisoning disease that affected it.

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