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Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow in talks to co-star with Johnny Depp in Mortdecai

Jul. 24, 2013by:
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After langhuishing in development hell for a few years, things are moving very quickly for MORTDECAI. Two weeks ago Johnny Depp signed onto the adapaptation of the Kyril Bonfiglioli book series, and now Variety has learned that Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow are both being eyed to join him in the film. No word on who McGregor and Paltrow will be playing in the film but Depp will star as the lead, Charles Mortdecai.

Here's a description of the first book "Don't Point that Thing at Me" from Amazon:

The deliciously nasty, highly entertaining, comic masterpiece of a thriller-a cult favorite of Stephen Fry and Julian Barnes. A cult classic in the UK since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don't Point that Thing at Me is the hilarious and dark humored crime thriller featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai: degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and general knave-about-Piccadilly. With his thuggish manservant Jock, Mortdecai endures all manner of nastiness involving secret police, angry foreign governments, stolen paintings, and dead clients, all just to make a dishonest living—while decked out in the most stylish garb and drinking the most bizarre alcoholic cocktails. Don't miss the brilliant mixture of comedy, crime, and suspense.

I haven't read the books and I'm not sure if the film will be an adaptation of the first novel or if certain bits from all three books will be used for the movie, but apparently it will have angry Russians, Nazi gold, and the Mi5. Director David Koepp's films are a mix bag, but STIR OF ECHOES is one of my favorite supernatural movies of all time and the novels sounds like it could be a lot of fun to see on the big screen.

Filming for MORTDECAI should start filming sometime at the end of this year after Johnny Depp finishes work on Disney's INTO THE WOODS.

Extra Tidbit: Have any of you read the novels? Are they worth checking out?
Source: Variety

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3:27PM on 07/26/2013

Hmmm

I like Koepp quite a bit. I'll give any of his movies a chance and I love that he jumps around from genres, and I'm glad it sounds like Depp is doing something that sounds a little different, but I bet he'll basically just play Jack Sparrow again
I like Koepp quite a bit. I'll give any of his movies a chance and I love that he jumps around from genres, and I'm glad it sounds like Depp is doing something that sounds a little different, but I bet he'll basically just play Jack Sparrow again
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7:15AM on 07/25/2013
Am I the only one who thinks Ewan McGregor is a seriously underrated actor?
Am I the only one who thinks Ewan McGregor is a seriously underrated actor?
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3:23PM on 07/26/2013
I think he's a good actor. You just mean that he's kinda getting supporting parts in shittier films (Jack the Giant Slayer) when he should be getting the leads? I think he's kind of doing a stupid big budget paycheck and then a smaller film he wants to do like the beginners or that movie swimming in the yelmon or something like that.
I think he's a good actor. You just mean that he's kinda getting supporting parts in shittier films (Jack the Giant Slayer) when he should be getting the leads? I think he's kind of doing a stupid big budget paycheck and then a smaller film he wants to do like the beginners or that movie swimming in the yelmon or something like that.
3:23PM on 07/26/2013
I think he's a good actor. You just mean that he's kinda getting supporting parts in shittier films (Jack the Giant Slayer) when he should be getting the leads? I think he's kind of doing a stupid big budget paycheck and then a smaller film he wants to do like the beginners or that movie swimming in the yelmon or something like that.
I think he's a good actor. You just mean that he's kinda getting supporting parts in shittier films (Jack the Giant Slayer) when he should be getting the leads? I think he's kind of doing a stupid big budget paycheck and then a smaller film he wants to do like the beginners or that movie swimming in the yelmon or something like that.
1:09AM on 07/25/2013
Depp could use some Ewan McG in one of his movies, the guy makes good movies, especially lately.
Depp could use some Ewan McG in one of his movies, the guy makes good movies, especially lately.
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11:20PM on 07/24/2013
Damn I thought this was a Royal Tenenbaums sequel at first. This sounds really good though.
Damn I thought this was a Royal Tenenbaums sequel at first. This sounds really good though.
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10:04PM on 07/24/2013
That's a good trio of actors.
That's a good trio of actors.
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