EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp will star in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the next film that Wes Anderson wrote and will direct.
Anderson is going right back into business with his collaborators on Moonrise Kingdom, which is heading toward a $40 million gross to be among this summer’s art house hits.
The Grand Budapest Hotel will be produced by Anderson along with Scott Rudin and Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales. UTA reps Depp and Anderson.
This comes as Depp continues to work on The Lone Ranger for Disney. He stars in that Gore Verbinski-directed film with Armie Hammer, and response was strong to scenes unveiled during Disney’s panel at Comic-Con over the weekend. Depp will likely make this next; plans for him to star in The Thin Man for Rob Marshall have been pushed for the time being.
However Donald thinks he knows who would be the best actor to convincingly put across his version of Robin Hood.
“Johnny Depp would be fantastic,” he said. “He has got a good sense of humour and would bring alive the mischievousness of my Robin. But he could do the hard-stone cruelty as well. Plus he has got that charisma, so you could see why people followed him.
Whereas much debate has taken place over whether Robin ever existed there is no doubt about the reality of the latest book’s “co-star”.
Monday mornings are usually quiet at CRT; the lights are out and company members are enjoying their day off. Yet this Monday, quite a surprise arrived in the mail – a check from Johnny Depp to support CRT’s education programs!
So, what’s the story behind this unexpected gift? It can all be attributed to three resourceful kids from Carrollton, Texas and a lemonade stand. On June 21st and 22nd, Mary Beltran (age 12), Ryan Wilcocks (age 13), and Matt Wilcocks (age 16), with the help of their parents and South Fork resident Sharon Thompson, set up a lemonade stand in front of Mountain Man Rafting to raise money for Creede Rep’s children’s programs. Over the course of two days, they raised $500.12 for CRT.
That Friday happened to be The Lone Ranger’s final day of filming in Creede. In the evening, Mr. Depp spent three hours visiting and signing autographs at Creede’s Town Hall. When they finally reached the front of the line, Mary, Ryan, and Matt shared with Mr. Depp their successful efforts in raising money for the Theatre. Johnny was so impressed by their ingenuity and generosity, he told them he’d match their gift to CRT. That gift arrived on Monday!
Please join us in thanking Mary, Ryan, and Matt for helping perpetuate generosity. You are, as Tonto would say, our kemosabe.
The actor Johnny Depp has a history of adapting literature to film, starring in a number of movies based on literary works. Most recently, he portrayed Paul Kemp, an American journalist, in “The Rum Diary,” the second film adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson book he’s been in.
Perhaps Depp’s foray into literature proper is a logical next step. This week, Depp writes our back-page essay with Douglas Brinkley, the historian and author of “Cronkite.” Together, they are editing a book by Woody Guthrie, the folk singer who would have been 100 years old on July 14. The book, “House of Earth,” his only novel, will be published next year for the first time.
“Growing up in Kentucky, I was raised on bluegrass and country music,” Depp said in an e-mail interview. He’s listened to Guthrie all his life, although “it is thanks to Bob Dylan that the man and his music became solidified in my lexicon.” Music has also figured in Depp’s acting career: he based his character Jack Sparrow, in the mega-franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean,” on Keith Richards.
“He’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met,” Depp said of Richards, calling his recent memoir, “Life,” a “brilliant read.” A fan of books by musicians (among his favorites: Steven Tyler’s “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?,” Dylan’s “Chronicles”), Depp is currently bringing his love of music to the screen, working on a film in Richards’s honor.
If he could portray a musician himself? “Junior Kimbrough,” Depp said. “However, failing that, I wouldn’t mind slipping into the skin and bones of Harry Partch. One of our greatest, pioneering artists, who is rarely given the respect, let alone the appreciation, that he so richly deserves.” As for Woody Guthrie, he “represents the soul and the sound of the America that I love.”
The Project: The Lone Ranger
The Panel: No guests. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer are still shooting. This was just a quick reveal of footage at the end of Disney’s presentation.
The Big Revelations: Johnny Depp’s voice as Tonto, speaking one line in broken English: “There come a time, Kemosabe … when good man must wear mask.”
Footage Screened: Director Gore Verbinski previously worked with Depp on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which frequently relied on comedy and slapstick. Whatever is in the overall movie, there was none of that in the minute of Lone Ranger footage previewed at Comic-Con, which had a heavier, more ominous tone.
Johnny Depp is going to be a real cut-up on Family Guy: The film star will return to his role from Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands in an upcoming episode of the animated Fox comedy, EW has learned.
In a brief cameo, Depp voices Edward in one of the show’s cutaway gags. It did take a second for the actor — who watches the show with his kids — to get back into that vulnerable character from two decades ago, though. “When he was in the booth, he said that he felt like he hadn’t done that voice since he did it in front of the camera,” notes Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann. “He was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie.” Adds Hentemann: “He was amazing — and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him.”
Family Guy returns for season 11 on Sept. 30.
I have updated the photo archive with 900+ images ranging from Large to High Quality of various Appearances that Johnny attended back in 2010. I would like to thank DeppLovers.Com.Br for some of the images in this album. (credit to their photos is in the description of each image that is from their gallery)
Public Appearances > 2010
Apparently, Walliams was begging for a role in Gilliam’s next film. He was warned that he’d have to “be willing to work with Johnny Depp and fly to Bucharest where the movie is to be filmed.” Walliams, of course agreed, even saying that he’d do it for free – which Gilliam “gladly accepted.”