Month: June 2010

First Look at Rango

Today we received our first look at Rango, the main character of an upcoming Gore Verbinski film of the same name, with Johnny playing a chameleon with an identity crisis.

From the article:

Remember when we debuted the announcement teaser a few weeks ago for Gore Verbinski’s new animated movie called Rango and no one knew what the heck was going on in it? Well, now we know, and here he is. Below is your first look at Johnny Depp as Rango, a chameleon who ends up venturing into a western town called Dust. Earlier today I visited Verbinski’s offices in Burbank for a special introduction to Rango. We got to see a few early scenes from the movie and a teaser trailer (which hits tomorrow) and it looks really, really good. Rango is just one of many funky characters you’ll meet in this fun animated western. Check him out!

Rango is being directed by filmmaker Gore Verbinski, of The Mexican, The Ring, The Weather Man, and all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The script was written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd) based on a story by Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit. ILM is animating using “cutting edge techniques” that “allow [them] to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny’s performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen.” Paramount is bringing Rango to theaters on March 4th, 2011 next spring. Visit the official website as well:

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Disney Releases On Stranger Tides Plot Details

Disney released some plot details as Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film, On Stranger Tides.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has begun production and will be released on May 20, 2011 and in 3D, Walt Disney Pictures said on Monday, adding that Johnny Depp is reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush returns as Captain Hector Barbossa.

However, Orlando Bloom, who played pirate Will Turner in the previous three movies, has not signed on for the fourth installment.

Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz will play Sparrow’s love interest and Ian McShane of Deadwood fame stars as the pirate Blackbeard. The movie also stars Kevin R. McNally as Sparrow’s comrade Joshamee Gibbs and Sam Claflin as a “stalwart missionary”.

“In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past, and he’92s not sure if it’92s love’97or if she’92s a ruthless con artist who’92s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth,” Walt Disney Pictures said in its statement.

“When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’92s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard, Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’92t know who to fear more – Blackbeard or the woman from his past,” it said.

Disney had said in April that French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey will play a mermaid in the Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Walt Disney Pictures production. Depp has said he’s willing to star in seven Pirates movies. The first three films in the series have grossed more than $2.7 billion worldwide.

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First Look at The Rum Diary

Stills from the hitherto mysterious “The Rum Diary,” starring Johnny, and produced by Infinitum Nihl, were released today.

Plot summary:

Paul Kemp is a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction.

The movie is speculated to be released sometime next year, but since there has been some trouble finding a distributor, that remains uncertain. Hopefully we can interpret these movie stills has a sign that the film is moving forward!

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