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25 September 2008 @ 01:15 pm
AVAST!!  
Pirates Four! Whee!

Johnny Depp is becoming the new face of Walt Disney Studios. The actor will preside over the manic tea party in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" as the Mad Hatter and will play Tonto in "The Lone Ranger," whose latest screen incarnation is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Disney formally announced the casting Wednesday at a studio presentation. It also said it is officially in development on a fourth installment of "Pirates of the Carribean," which would see Depp reprise his popular role of Captain Jack.


A bit later: moving this up from the comments since the Tonto part seems to have caught everyone's attention :)

"Ranger," meanwhile, puts Depp back in business with Bruckheimer, who produced the "Pirates" movies. Tonto is the Native American colleague of cowboy hero the Lone Ranger. The casting could stir up controversy with Native American groups, who might accuse the studio of putting a white actor in the role. One factor that could counter such an argument is Depp's mixed ancestry, which includes German, Irish, and Cherokee.

"Ranger" is being written by "Pirates" scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio and has no director at this time.
 
 
 
I will call her George: Boromir Happystrangevisitor7 on September 25th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Squee again!!
Ith: PotC - Jack: Horizonithildyn on September 25th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
SQUEE!!
Amy H. Sturgis: Dancereldritchhobbit on September 25th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Wait: did that say Tonto?

(Yay for Captain Jack!)

Uh, Tonto?
Ithithildyn on September 25th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, it did [g] Yet another Lone Ranger remake.

"Ranger," meanwhile, puts Depp back in business with Bruckheimer, who produced the "Pirates" movies. Tonto is the Native American colleague of cowboy hero the Lone Ranger. The casting could stir up controversy with Native American groups, who might accuse the studio of putting a white actor in the role. One factor that could counter such an argument is Depp's mixed ancestry, which includes German, Irish, and Cherokee.
"Ranger" is being written by "Pirates" scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio and has no director at this time.
dejladejla on September 26th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
"Whaddayou mean, "we", white man?"
conjured_1: fire01conjured_1 on September 25th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yaye more Pirates, cuz I'm a dork and there can never be enough pirates. But Tonto?

Mr. Bruckheimer...umm, dude, how about oh, I don't know, a Native American actor to play the role of a Native American. Just saying...
Julie Frost, SFF writer: Tony Stark--Anteatersagilebrit on September 25th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
*cough*

I'm seconding the "Bwuh? Tonto" reaction from eldritchhobbit. I think a tiny explosion just went off in my brain. Now I'm picturing Twitchy!Tonto, and this is...bad. Giggle-inducing, but bad.
Becky: Iron Man Tony awesomebeeej on September 25th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
WEEEEEEEEEE! All are made of win!
blade_and_rosesblade_and_roses on September 25th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Wheehee! Pirates 4, Pirates 4. Capn' Jack is back. There will be rum!

Hey, didn't I hear somewhere that he's also doing a Dark Shadows remake with Burton? Or was that an incorrect story?
Mischief: APYesem_kellesvig on September 25th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
The Tonto one could be very amusing given the writers and Depp's comedic timing. And Yay! for Pirates 4!
Lara I.lara_everlong on September 26th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
zomg...
Black Wolfdet_munch on September 26th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
I'm a Burton fan so I'm pretty interested to see what he does with this and I think Depp would make a good Mad Hatter, I'm also hoping Elfman will do the music for it..though there have been very few Burton movies he doesn't do music for. I can only imagine what he'd create for Alice in Wonderland.