British Tabloid Taps Colin Farrell to Replace Johnny Depp in Gilliam’s DON QUIXOTE

     August 10, 2009

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My excitement at the news that director Terry Gilliam would be taking a second crack at “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” was quickly tempered by the sad reality that Johnny Depp would be unable, due to extreme over-scheduling, to return to the project.  Gilliam recently revealed that he was meeting with actors on the revived project but no official announcement has yet been made – but why should that stop random tabloid speculation?  Britain’s Daily Express is reporting that Depp’s role will be filled by Colin Farrell.  Hit the jump to encourage unsubstantiated rumors.

Back in 2000, director Terry Gilliam began the ill-fated odyssey known as “Don Quixote”.  The film, based on Miguel Cervantes’ legendary errant knight, fell victim to a multitude of disasters – all of which are lovingly laid out in the documentary “Lost in la Mancha”.

Depp was set to play a modern-day ad exec named Tony Grisoni in “Quixote” – the same part that Gilliam has now set aside for Colin Farrell, according to the always-reliable tabloid, The Daily Express.

Colin Farrell would be a likely choice for the project – his work in “In Bruges” has won him new respect in Hollywood and he was, after all, one of the three actors (along with Depp) that Gilliam called upon to fill in for Heath Ledger in order to complete filming for the “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”.  But all of that only proves that the tabloid story is not quite as far-fetched as some of their other news tips.

I’d expect to hear an official announcement about “Quixote” casting soon.  Gilliam will be out promoting “Parnassus” (which a recent Twitter post hints will soon receive a US release date) and the man is never shy about talking up his coming projects.  Whichever way it falls, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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