Warner Bros is in talks with Joel Edgerton to star in “Shantaram“, an adaptation of the Gregory David Roberts novel that is being produced by Inifinitum Nihil partners Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski, and GK Films’ Graham King. Following a couple of stalled attempts to get this movie up and running after the studio paid $2 million for the rights in 2004, Johnny himself jump started the process by personally courting Edgerton to play a role Johnny once intended to play before the film was derailed by the Writer’s Strike.
Edgerton is being courted for the lead role of a remarkable protagonist who, at the time the book became a sensation in Hollywood, was said to have been modeled after the author in a thinly veiled memoir. He starts as an Australian heroin addict who escapes a maximum-security prison, reinvents himself as a doctor in the slums of India and eventually uses gun-running and counterfeiting skills to fight against the invading Russian troops in Afghanistan.
This is Johnny Depp as you’ve never seen him before, transformed into virtual form for a new Disney video game that will see the studio’s most iconic characters come face-to-face on screen for the first time.
In fact, Johnny appears not once, but twice – as Tonto from The Lone Ranger and Jack Sparrow from Pirates Of The Caribbean – in Disney Infinity out today.
The game cherry-picks Disney’s best-loved movies to pull out playable characters that interact with each other. It’s a big gamble by the entertainment giant but could prove immensely lucrative as it requires players to buy a starter pack and collect plastic figures costing £12.99 each (see our review ).
Available on consoles and iPad, for now, Infinity concentrates largely on Pixar creations, such as The Incredibles, Cars and Monsters University, but could eventually include hundreds of characters from Disney’s 90-year history, and possibly even Star Wars, raising the bizarre prospect of Mickey Mouse meeting Darth Vader in a lightsaber battle.
“The Newsroom” actress soon could be added to the cast of the adaptation of Kyril Bonfigloi’s anti-hero art dealer novels. I’ve learned Olivia Munn is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor in the David Koepp-directed “Mortdecai“. Details are sketchy about Olivia’s potential role in the Lionsgate thriller, but it’s doubtful that she’ll be playing the Jock Strapp character, Mortdecai’s long-suffering manservant in the books. Eric Aronson wrote the script for the film from Bonfigloi’s 1970s work with Johnny playing the roguish Charlie Mordecai.
Smarting from the box office failure of “The Lone Ranger“, Johnny suggests that the movie’s performance was hobbled by unfair expectations and bad reviews, many of which were drafted before its US opening last month.
“I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film,” Johnny claimed. “[The critics] had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I don’t have any expectations of that. I never do.”
The Lone Ranger stars Armie Hammer as the resolute Texas lawman and Depp as Tonto, his Comanche spirit guide. Budgeted at $225m, the film suffered a tortuous production process and met with largely scathing reviews on its release in the US. Industry experts predict that the Disney picture may end up losing $150m.
Producers Jerry Bruckheimer and others in the film supported Depp’s complaints:
“I think they were reviewing the budget, not reviewing the movie,” Bruckheimer told Yahoo UK and Ireland. “It’s unfortunate, because the movie is a terrific movie, it’s a great epic film, it has a lot of humour. It’s one of those movies that whatever the critics missed in it this time, they’ll review it in a few years and see that they made a mistake.”
Alright, I received many many e-mails from Johnny fans complaining about the critics on Johnny’s latest movie “The Lone Ranger“. Some people say that Johnny’s standing as an A-list actor is in danger.
“The pitiful opening box office for Depp’s latest film is only the latest disappointment for the actor. Is it time to re-evaluate his status as one of Hollywood’s golden gods?” wrote The Daily Beast.
I can’t answer all of your e-mails telling you what I think about it and whether Johnny’s career is in danger. I don’t believe the latter is entitled. Johnny is known as one of the most popular and talented Hollywood actors of all. I also loved his appearance as Tonto in “The Lone Ranger”. That’s why I published this post, to briefly let you know what I think and to let Johnny fans comment about it under this thread. Enjoy it!
He told the BBC in an interview broadcast earlier that he would hope to move on to “quieter things” in the near future.
“I wouldn’t say I’m dropping out any second, but I would say it’s probably not too far away,” said Depp. “When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realise that you’ve said written words more than you’ve had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking about that as an insane option for a human being.”
Johnny’s comments on acting echo those of Brad Pitt, who suggested he would quit acting “in three years” during a 2011 TV interview with 60 Minutes. Brad – of a similar age (49) – said he would look to develop his career as a producer.
Johnny has a few more films on his slate before retirement is an option. “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” is due in 2015, while a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland” is rumored to include an appearance by Johnny’s character, The Mad Hatter. The star has also recently signed on to play the title role in Mortdecai, a comic crime thriller about a dashing and unscrupulous art dealer.
There are currently rumors floating around that Johnny might return as our beloved Mad Hatter in an “Alice In Wonderland” sequel. Its official release date is not known yet and there aren’t any co-stars mentioned.
It seems as if the sequel is a sure thing. The original film, which opened in March 2010, cost around $200 million, but managed to earn a worldwide box office take of over $1 billion! But, what will the story be about?
Would you like to see Johnny return as the Mad Hatter in “Alice In Wonderland 2″?
Johnny has reportedly offered two homeless people a chance to feature in his forthcoming sci-fi film “Transcendence” after spotting them in Albuquerque, Mexico. They have been offered short roles.
“Johnny always likes to help out the community when on location. While scouting out the area around Albuquerque, he came across these two characters. He was straight on the phone to the casting director,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying.
It is not the first time the actor has helped out people living on the streets. In 2011, he had bought a hat from a homeless person.
His film “Transcendence”, is directed by Wally Pfister. Releasing April 2014, it also includes actors like Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall.
Showing some love to his loyal followers, Johnny Depp held an impromptu photo and autograph session outside the set of his new film “Transcendence” in Los Angeles on May 09.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” hunk had spent a long day shooting scenes for the flick but still found the energy to engage his fans, sporting a brown leather jacket with distressed jeans and a driving cap.
Coming up this weekend, Johnny will be in New Mexico for additional work on the movie, and it seems his costar Cory Hardrict’s wife Tia Mowry will be making an appearance.
Mowry gushed that meeting Depp will be the best Mother’s Day gift ever- “Last year, I was out of town promoting my book ‘Oh Baby’ so I didn’t get to do much. This year my husband is actually shooting a movie in New Mexico with Johnny Depp, so guess where we will be? We will be in New Mexico with Johnny Depp.”
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Johnny Depp has joked a horse planned to attack him while filming his latest movie. The actor had a scary experience while filming his latest movie when he narrowly avoided getting trampled by a horse. The star thinks the animal might have had its sights set on him all along.
“I think the horse had it in for me!” he laughed to the UK edition of OK! magazine.
“I saw everything very clearly, which was the horse’s incredibly muscular front legs moving at an obviously very dangerous speed, and I was still holding on to the mane like an idiot trying to get back up. So it’s like one must make a decision, do I go down, do I hit the deck on my own, or do I wait for a hoof to split my face in two? So I chose both, to fall on my own.”