Lionsgate has announced that principal photography has begun on Mortdecai. David 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 Munn. Mortdecai will likely open some time next year.
The cast for director David Koepp’s (Premium Rush) crime drama Mortdecai is coming together rather quickly. Johnny Depp signed on to star in the adaptation of author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s novels just a couple of weeks ago, and now Variety reports that Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow are in talks to join the cast. Depp plays an antihero 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.” No word on which characters McGregor or Paltrow would play in the Lionsgate pic, but they are in line to co-star. Filming is looking to get underway later this year after Depp wraps the musical Into the Woods.
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With his not-so-hot box office performance of Disney’s The Lone Ranger now behind him, Johnny Depp is setting his sights on an adaptation of a different sort. Depp is in negotiations to star in Mortdecai, an adaptation of author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s novels about a wealthy art dealer and anti-hero. The film is said to be based on the posthumously-published novel The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, completed by author Craig Brown. David Koepp (Premium Rush) is set to direct. Hit the jump for more.