Johnny Depp wants to join film based on JM Co­et­zee’s novel

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Johnny Depp may be about to work with the ac­claimed Colom­bian di­rec­tor Ciro Guerra, whose new film, Birds of Pas­sage, is one of the hits of the on-go­ing Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

The Pi­rates of the Caribbean star has “reached out” to Guerra, a hot art­house tal­ent who won a bunch of awards for The Em­brace of the Ser­pent (2015), Screen mag­a­zine re­ports.

Depp will “pos­si­bly” star in Guerra’s next film, based on a novel by the South African No­bel lau­re­ate JM Co­et­zee, which al­ready Mark Ry­lance and Robert Pat­tin­son in the cast, the mag­a­zine adds.

Shoot­ing for Guerra’s first English-lan­guage fea­ture, based on Co­et­zee’s own adap­ta­tion of his 1980 novel, Wait­ing for the Bar­bar­ians, is set to be­gin this au­tumn in Morocco. It will tell the story of a mag­is­trate in a colo­nial town who is ac­cused of con­sort­ing with the en­e­mies of a fic­tional em­pire, mod­elled on apartheid-era South Africa.

Pub­lisher Pen­guin in­cluded the book in its Great Books of the 20th Cen­tury series.

Depp is set to play the ma­gi­cian Gellert Grindel­wald in the up­com­ing Harry Pot­ter spin-off Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindel­wald. If he joins Guerra’s film, the ac­tor will have a Pot­ter con­nec­tion in his co-star — Pat­tin­son, who be­came huge with the Twi­light movies, got his first proper break in Harry Pot­ter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), play­ing the role of Cedric Dig­gory.

Once Hol­ly­wood’s high­est paid ac­tor, Depp has seen his stock slip in the past few years, dragged down by a messy di­vorce from ac­tor Am­ber Heard re­plete with do­mes­tic abuse al­le­ga­tions. An­gry Harry Pot­ter fans had called for his lead role in Fan­tas­tic Beasts to be re­cast, but au­thor J K Rowl­ing and di­rec­tor David Yates stood by him. Heard and Depp had an out-of­court di­vorce set­tle­ment.

PHOTO: KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/REUTERS

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