"Johnny Depp is one of the most charismatic, talented actors imaginable. I'm thrilled, and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Johnny. He is a creative and intelligent artist whom I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative."
so this quote by Pfister confirms Depp is in, as opposed to just negotiating or circling the project.
Plus we've got; Noomi Rapace, Christoph Waltz and either Tobey Maguire or James McAvoy who are being approached for this film.
Honestly, besides Depp - Waltz is the only one out of that list that excites me.