Johnny Depp Drops Out of SEVEN FRIENDS OF PANCHO VILLA; Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio Del Toro Circling Lead Role

     February 22, 2011

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In December 2009, we reported that Johnny Depp was in talks to star in Emir Kusturica’s biopic Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers.  Depp (who previously worked with Kusturica on 1992’s Arizona Dream) was to play Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa with Salma Hayek attached to co-star.  However, Blic Online [via Bleeding Cool] is reporting that Depp has dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts, and now Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio Del Toro are circling the role of Villa.  Oddly, both men have played the revolutionary Che Guevara before (Bernal in The Motorcycle Diaries and Del Toro in Che) and may costar in Martin Scorsese’s Silence.  Blic reports that Kusturica will meet with both actors in Cuba and then make his decision.

Hit the jump for a brief refresher on Bernal and Del Toro’s other potential projects.

In addition to possibly co-starring in Silence, Bernal is also set to costar in Will Ferrell’s Untitled Spanish Comedy with Diego Luna. He also has starring roles in the documentary drama Who Is Dayani Cristal? and is set to play boxer Roberto Duran in Hands of Stone.

As for Del Toro, he’s set to co-star in the hitman drama The Iceman with James Frranco and Michael Shannon, and he may take a lead role in The Farrelly Brothers’ adaptation of The Three Stooges.

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