Johnny Depp directs Al Pacino in first images from new movie

Johnny Depp says Al Pacino persuaded him to return to the director's chair for their upcoming biopic, Modi.

The new film, which is presently under development, chronicles the life of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani during 48 hours in Paris during World War I.

It is Depp's first directorial effort since 1997's The Brave, in which he co-starred with Marlon Brando.

In a statement, Depp claimed Pacino, who plays real-life French art collector Maurice Gangnat in the film, encouraged him to join the project.

"Embarking on this cinematic journey as the director of Modi has been an incredibly fulfilling and transformative experience," the actor said in a statement."

To Al, who asked me to create this picture, how could I deny Pacino? A heartfelt thanks for generously offering his talent and devotion to our endeavor.

"Modi is a testament to the collaborative spirit of independent filmmaking, and I am excited to present this unique and compelling story to the world."

The first behind-the-scenes images have also been revealed.Riccardo Scamarcio, an Italian actor, will play Modigliani in the film, which also stars Antonia Desplat, Stephen Graham, and Sally Phillips.

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