Depp close to playing Don Quixote
Published 10/12/2012 | 11:36
Johnny Depp has reportedly "closed" a deal to portray Spanish hero Don Quixote.
The Hollywood star is set to take the lead in a "modern re-imagining" of Miguel de Cervantes' classic novel for Disney, reported Deadline.com.
Johnny will also co-produce the as-yet-untitled movie with his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski, which has been written by Steve Pink and Jeff Morris.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor has long been interested in the character of Quixote. He appeared in Terry Gilliam's documentary Lost In La Mancha about the failed first attempt to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which he was previously connected to.
"I love Terry, and I'd do anything the guy wants to do. But with Quixote... my dance card is pretty nutty for the next couple of years. So I'd hate to put him in a position - or ask to be in a position - where he'd have to wait for me. That would be wrong," said the 49-year-old in 2009.
"But also, I feel like we went there and tried something, and whatever it was - the elements and all the things that got up underneath us - were there and happened and were documented well in that film Lost In La Mancha. So I don't know if it's right for me to go back there."
Johnny - who recently reunited with Tim Burton on Dark Shadows - will next star in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger before reprising his famed role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth Pirates film.