Following the box office disappointment of The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp may have decided it's time to dial back the theatrics and return to the simpler days of relying on his good looks, foppish charms, and maybe some facial hair. He's reportedly in talks to star in the title role of Mortdecai, Lionsgate's adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli's posthumously-published The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery.
In a role that fits right in with what you'd expect from the actor sans-makeup, Depp would play an offbeat art dealer anti-hero, said to be roguish and charismatic but occasionally psychopathic. This book the film is borrowing from sees the character going after Nazi gold while dealing with Russians, MI5, sexy bombshells, and more for Depp to get taken aback and wide-eyed at. David Koepp is directing from a script from by Eric Aronson, whose only other screenplay seems to be for the Lance Bass romantic-comedy On the Line. Don't let that worry you. Depp's going improv all this from eccentric muscle memory anyway.