Johnny Depp is leaving behind all the controversy of his recent trial 

against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, and will focus on his career, as he 

takes on the role of director of the film "Modigliani", his first directing job in 25 years.

The information was first published by The Hollywood Reporter website, which points out that

in addition to the actor in the role of director, the film "Modigliani" will also have Al Pacino as a producer.

"The saga of Mr. Modigliani's life is one that I am incredibly honored and truly humbled

to bring to the screen," Johnny said in a statement. "It was a life of great hardship

but of eventual triumph - a universally human story that all viewers can relate to," the actor added.

"Modigliani," which does not yet have a set release date, will be based on the play by Dennis McIntyre.

The plot takes place in Paris in 1916 and tells the story of an Italian painter and sculptor named Amedeo Modigliani.

Considered a commercial failure, Modigliani then goes through 48 hours of great turmoil in his

life, but which ultimately becomes a turning point in his career that solidifies him as a legendary artist.