Over the last few years Johnny Depp has built up a gigantic following due to his outrageous performance as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, but now it's time for Johnny Depp to move onto more serious subject matter.
It's being reported that Johnny Depp's production company has bought the rights to Sasha's Story: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy, an unpublished book about Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian spy who died last year when someone poisoned his sushi. It's still unclear whether or not Johnny Depp will star in the Litvinenko movie or merely produce it, but we're hoping for the former since Johnny Depp is supposed to be keen on basing his portrayal of Alexander Litvinenko on Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees and changing the ending to one where Litvinenko survives the poisoning attempt but is then killed by a sort of sluggy-lobster thing with a pirate hat on.
Right now Johnny Depp has the rare power to do whatever he likes. Thanks to Pirates Of The Caribbean being the biggest film of last year, gaining the biggest-ever opening weekend box office and winning all kinds of People's Choice Awards, there's a strong argument that says Johnny Depp is the biggest film star in the world at the moment. In his position, other actors would just play the same role for the rest of their lives or settle down and get married, but Johnny Depp just keeps branching out.
Next on Johnny Depp's list is a spot playing Sweeney Todd for Tim Burton, but following that Johnny Depp is going to get serious and make a film about Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian spy who died in London of enormous radiation poisoning last year. This Is London reports:
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp could end up starring in a film about the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. His production company is to develop a book about the spy's death after Warner Brothers bought up the film rights to the as yet unpublished work, trade magazine Variety said… He is said to have been closely following the Litvinenko story and could now end up portraying the man himself on the silver screen. The book will be called Sasha's Story: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy and is to be written by Alan Cowell, of the New York Times.
Aside from the facts that a) it seems a bit soon for production companies to be jumping on a man's tragic death and b) anyone making a Litvinenko movie would have to be cacking it about being the next to eat some yellowtail and polonium-210 nigri, can you really imagine Johnny Depp starring in a film about a real-life murdered spy? Surely his naturally exuberant style of performance would jar against the gritty, deadly serious universe that Alexander Litvinenko inhabited. Seriously, if Litvinenko hadn't had that episode where he ran round and round a desert island inside a big wooden wheel trying to grab a big key we'd be having serious doubts about all of this.