dropped / rumoured

On this site you can find a list of those movies Johnny was rumoured to play in…or wanted to but the movie didn’t happen at the end or the movie makers wanted Johnny but Johnny did not want…

  • Ask the Dust
    Val Kilmer and Johnny Depp were attached to the film at various times.
    Actor who got the part: Colin Farrell
  • Aviator
    back in 1998 an announcement was made that Johnny is considering playing Howard Hughes in a project called “Empire: The Life, Legend and Madness of Howard Hughes.
  • Backdraft
    Johnny Depp was reportedly slated to get the part that went to William Baldwin, but he turned it down.
    Actor who got the part: William Baldwin
  • Batman 3
    Johnny was rumoured to play the Riddler alongside Batman Christian Bale in the Batman 3 “Dark Knight Rises” movie.
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    Francis Ford Coppola’s first choice for Jonathan Harker. The idea was voided by the studio.
    Actor who got the part: Keanu Reeves
  • Brothers Grimm
    Depp was the first choice to play Will Grimm.
    Actor who got the part: Matt Damon
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
    Mentioned as a possible star of director George Clooney’s movie about Chuck Barris.
    Actor who got the part: Sam Rockwell
  • Divine Rapture
    A movie Johnny planned to do with Marlon Brando – they already began filming in Ireland in 1995 but quickly ran into funding problems.
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    During his interview on “Inside the Actors Studio” Johnny Depp said that he was offered the part of Ferris Bueller but was unavailable for it. He also said that Matthew did a great job with the role.
    Actor who got the part: Matthew Broderick
  • Ghost Rider
    Johnny Depp was an early contender for the role of Johnny Blaze.
    Actor who got the part: Nicolas Cage
  • Good Omens
    Gilliam was in talks with Johnny Depp and Robin Williams to star in “Good Omens”
  • Hulk
    Considered to play Bruce Banner.
  • I am Legend
    year of the rumour: 2006
    Johnny was rumoured to play either the neighbor or the friend in I am Legend beneath Will Smith.
  • Indecent Proposal
    Depp was considered for the lead role of David (Woody)
    Actor who got the part: Woody Harrelson
  • Interview with the Vampire
    Johnny Depp turned down the lead role of Lestat.
    Actor who got the part: Tom Cruise
  • It Only Rains at Night
    Johnny was rumored to direct the movie, he himself said it in a Sleepy Hollow chat November 17th, 1999
  • Legend
    According to imdb, Johnny Depp was considered for the role of Jack.
    Actor who got the part: Tom Cruise
  • Legends of the Fall
    Johnny Depp was considered to play Tristan.
    Actor who got the part: Brad Pitt
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
    Johnny Depp was attached to play Count Olaf when Tim Burton was attached to direct. When Burton left, Depp left as well.
    Actor who got the part: Jim Carrey
  • Madman
    director should be Robert Rodriguez, Johnny Madman himself.
  • Mars Attacks!
    Depp was considered for the role of Jason Stone the reporter.
    Actor who got the part: Michael J Fox
  • The Matrix
    According to an interview with Matrix composer Don Davis, Johnny Depp was the Wachowskis’ first choice for Neo.
    Actor who got the part: Keanu Reeves
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith
    Depp was considered to play John Smith.
    Actor who got the part: Brad Pitt
  • Ozzy Osbourne biopic
    Johnny dated Ozzy multiple times to talk about this idea back in 2003
  • Platoon
    Oliver Stone considered Johnny Depp to play Private Chris Taylor when Depp was young and still unknown.
    Actor who got the part: Charlie Sheen
  • Point Break
    Johnny Depp was considered for the role of Johnny Utah.
    Actor who got the part: Keanu Reeves
  • Pulp Fiction
    According to wikipedia, Johnny Depp was considered to play Pumpkin.
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    year of the rumour: 2005/2006
    Johnny has been bowed out of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, since he was not available for a couple of years.
    Actor who got the part: Mathieu Amalric
  • The Rainmaker
    According to an interview with Francis Ford Coppola, Johnny Depp was his first choice for the lead but was vetoed by the studio as he wasn’t a big enough name at the time.
    Actor who got the part: Matt Damon
  • The Rocketeer
    Johnny Depp was nearly cast as Cliff Secord.
    Actor who got the part: Bill Campbell
  • Signs
    Depp was considered to star as Graham Hess.
    Actor who got the part: Mel Gibson
  • Sin City
    Had to pass on the role of Jackie Boy because of prior commitment.
    Actor who got the part: Benicio Del Toro
  • Speed
    Reportedly turned down the role of Jack.
    Actor who got the part: Keanu Reeves
  • Superman Returns
    Considered for the roles of Lex Luthor and Jor-El.
    Actor who got the part: Kevin Spacey, Marlon Brandon
  • Thelma and Louise
    Johnny Depp turned down the role of the hitchhiker.
    Actor who got the part: Brad Pitt
  • The Thin Red Line
    Depp was reportedly considered for a role.
    Actor who got the part: James Caviezel
  • Titanic
    In a phone interview on the Howard Stern show, Johnny Depp would not say which films he has turned down, but Howard Stern reportedly got him to admit that he “labored” through the Titanic script.
    Actor who got the part: Leonardo DiCaprio

Sources: different boards and news sites, nostarring.com, old JDZ, Johnnydeppfan