Just a day after word got out about Tom Hanks circling Kathryn Bigelow’s next film Sleeping Dogs, a new report at Deadline says the Oscar-winning filmmaker is “courting” Johnny Depp for the other male lead.
The project, previously titled Triple Frontier, reunites Bigelow with The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal and takes place in the organized crime zone at the border intersection of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. There are reportedly five main parts, but two are the leads. One would go to Hanks, if he accepts, and the other to Depp, if his schedule permits.
Depp is scheduled to shoot Dark Shadows, an adaptation of the supernatural soap opera he’s producing and working on with his friend and frequent collaborator Tim Burton in February 2011. He’s also attached or considering a multitude of other projects — after all, he’s Johnny Depp – including Disney’s The Lone Ranger and a Pancho Villa film with Salma Hayek.
Further details on Bigelow’s drama are under wraps. Other rumored candidates for the cast include Christian Bale, Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Will Smith. The casting budget on this must be gigantic.
I never considered a Hanks/Depp pairing before, but now that I’m presented with the possibility, it sounds amazing. Here’s hoping everyone involved can make this happen.