Filming Begins on David Koepp’s Action-Comedy MORTDECAI Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ewan McGregor

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Lionsgate has announced that principal photography has begun on MortdecaiDavid Koepp‘s action comedy stars Johnny Depp as the roguish Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer who finds himself in a race to recover a stole painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.  The official plot synopsis adds some fun details like “angry Russians”, “Mi5″, “international terrorist,” and an “impossibly leggy wife”.  It sounds a bit madcap and it could be a pretty fun flick.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, and Olivia MunnMortdecai will likely open some time next year.

johnny-deppHere’s the press release.  I’ve put the official synopsis in bold:

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS ON

LIONSGATE AND ODDLOT ENTERTAINMENT’S ACTION COMEDY

MORTDECAI STARRING JOHNNY DEPP

SANTA MONICA and CULVER CITY, CA  October 21, 2013 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and OddLot Entertainment announced today that principal photography has begun in London on the action comedy MORTDECAI. Based on the popular three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli, which has amassed a significant cult following, the film features an all-star cast including Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Olivia Munn. Guy Burnet, Michael Byrne, Michael Culkin, Jonny Pasvolsky, Ulrich Thomsen, and Paul Whitehouse have also joined the cast of the film which David Koepp is directing from a script written by Eric Aronson.  Andrew Lazar, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski and OddLot’s Gigi Pritzker are producing the project.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said, “Kyril created a rich, immersive world with fresh characters, and we are thrilled to bring his beloved story to life with our friends and partners at OddLot. With David Koepp at the helm and a brilliant all-star cast, MORTDECAI will captivate audiences and keep them on the edge of their seats.”

OddLot’s Gigi Pritzker added, “The teams at OddLot and Lionsgate have been eager to start production of MORTDECAI. The cast of this film is phenomenal and the storyline is hilarious. It will be incredible to see it all captured over the coming weeks and we look forward to sharing it with fans of Kyril’s novels worldwide.”

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

MORTDECAI marks the first project under Lionsgate and OddLot’s multiyear, multipicture co-financing and distribution deal which the companies announced last month.




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  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Hopefully It’s Johnny Depp next bomb

    • The Flobbit

      Hopefully its a fun and well-acted action film.

      • 4264236hdf

        of course … Depp is the best

    • Willy Billy

      It’s unbelievable how hateful people has become! Well keep wishing, hater because this movie sounds fun and if it is done well it could be a big hit. It sure does not sound like it is on high budget and Johnny’s films always make so much money overseas so keep dreaming! 

      • madmen

        u r right …. DEPP is the best actor ever. Pitt , Hanks , Smith & many others have scored 4 billions in world box office. Depp has scored 9 billions in world box office. Depp is the best concerning talent and money. he is worth 100 million dollars , man [ POTC 5 ]

      • The Flobbit

        You are a fool. Depp is certainly good, but it’s hard to see that under the goofy makeup, bad dialogue, and childish action they give the man.

        And POTC 5 has not even began production, so you have no idea how much he was paid. Get lost, idiot.

    • Sean

      No, Hopefully it’s not!

      • sfhfhfs

        Depp is the best . fuck haters

      • Sean

        Exactly!

    • jackmark

      haters haters haters ……. f… u …. Depp is the greatest actor alive & has the highest box office score of all time.

      • The Flobbit

        Go away. Forever.

    • jackmark

      JOHNNY DEPP is the greatest actor alive and the highest paid actor.

      • The Flobbit

        Highest paid does not mean BEST. And Johnny Depp has to compete with Robert De Niro, Daniel Day-Lewis, Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Gary Oldman, and Anthony Hopkins.

    • seancotry

      No one is like JOHNNY DEPP . Depp is the best

    • seancotry

      Depp has no bombs …. Hanks , Pitt , Smith , cruise and others have many many bombs. Depp has no bombs. He has achieved 9 billion dollars man in box office….:D

      • The Flobbit

        The Many Bombs of Depp:

        The Astronaut’s Wife
        From Hell
        Secret Window
        The Tourist
        Sweeney Todd
        The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
        Alice in Wonderland
        Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
        Dark Shadows
        The Lone Ranger (the biggest financial flop in cinematic HISTORY)

        Go away, you Depp worshipper.

      • Willy Billy

        The only bomb of these is TLR and it is not the biggest flop in history. it is the third according to wiki

      • The Flobbit

        All of these movies lost money and were critically panned at the box office. And dollar for dollar, The Lone Ranger IS the biggest flop in movie history. Anything else you want me to shove back in your face?

      • Willy Billy

        Potc4 and alice made freaking billion dollar! What are you nuts? Sweeney Todd and The Tourist and Secret Window and From hell were hits actually you dumb troll

      • The Flobbit

        Who cares whether the movie made “freaking billion dollar”, you illiterate moron? The critics did not like them, and it is the critics who decide who are the best actors on earth (the best actors on earth are the most loved by the critics.

        Sweeney Todd was, in the words of your beloved Wikipedia “not an outstanding financial success”. The Tourist got 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics calling it “muddled” and “lacking in chemistry”. Secret Window got 47% on RT, with critics saying it had “no story, no ending and no redeeming value.”
        From Hell got 57% on RT, with critics calling it “dull and terrible”.

        Anything else you want to say, you Johnny Depp-loving, ignorant, illiterate, abysmal bootlicker? No? Go away, then.

      • Willy Billy

        Omg what an idiotic troll! You consider box office hits BOMBS just because the critics didn’t like them? What are you nuts? We are talking about box office here and not whether the critics liked it or not you moron and the critics actually liked Sweeney Todd very much and Depp got an Oscar nom and a golden globe for it

      • The Flobbit

        We are not talking box office. We are talking unsuccessful films of Johnny Depp, and I am proving to you that he is FAR from being the greatest actor the world has ever seen.

        You overlook all his flops, terrible movies, and junk films that he craps out to focus on Sweeney Todd – one film in his legion of crap films. Go away. The only idiotic troll here is you. Eff off.
        I tire of talking to someone who lives in his mother’s basement, has no girlfriend, has no idea of grammar, and pleasures himself while watching Johnny Depp films.

        Go away.

      • The Flobbit

        We are not talking box office. We are talking unsuccessful films of Johnny Depp, and I am proving to you that he is FAR from being the greatest actor the world has ever seen.

        You overlook all his flops, terrible movies, and junk films that he craps out to focus on Sweeney Todd – one film in his legion of crap films. Go away. The only idiotic troll here is you. Eff off.
        I tire of talking to someone who lives in his mother’s basement, has no girlfriend, has no idea of grammar, and pleasures himself while watching Johnny Depp films.

        Go away.

      • The Flobbit

        We are not talking box office. We are talking unsuccessful films of Johnny Depp, and I am proving to you that he is FAR from being the greatest actor the world has ever seen.

        You overlook all his flops, terrible movies, and junk films that he craps out to focus on Sweeney Todd – one film in his legion of crap films. Go away. The only idiotic troll here is you. Eff off.
        I tire of talking to someone who lives in his mother’s basement, has no girlfriend, has no idea of grammar, and pleasures himself while watching Johnny Depp films.

        Go away.

      • The Flobbit

        And I love how you ignore the fact that The Astronaut’s Wife,
        The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Dark Shadows, and The Lone Ranger were CERTIFIABLY terrible.

    • fdfgdg

      Depp is the king of box office…

      • The Flobbit

        Wrong. The stats show that Sam Jackson is (Iron Man, Star Wars, The Avengers). Go away.

    • fhdfdfgdfhfsdhgfhfh

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Depp is the master of box office

      • The Flobbit

        Actually, Samuel L. Jackson is, in box office dollars.

  • To Be Continued

    The amount of photoshop in that header image is too damn high!

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