Johnny Depp Drops Out of SEVEN FRIENDS OF PANCHO VILLA; Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio Del Toro Circling Lead Role
by Matt Goldberg Posted: February 22nd, 2011In 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.
by Matt Goldberg Posted: February 22nd, 2011Director Gabriele Muccino (Seven Pounds) is in talks to helm the romance flick Adaline. The story centers on a woman who hasn’t aged for 100 years but risks losing her immortality when she begins to fall for a man. Last summer, Katherine Heigl was attached to star with Andy Tennant (The Bounty Hunter) set to direct, but now both have dropped off the project. Variety reports that principal photography is scheduled to begin next January.
In the mean time, Muccino is in pre-production on Playing the Field (previously titled “Slide“) with Gerard Butler playing a father who coaches his son’s soccer team and starts getting a little too friendly with the mothers of the players. I would only find this premise interesting if Butler’s son was in his 40s.