Johnny Depp To Don Bandoliers, Sombrero

December 3, 2009

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Whether you consider Pancho Villa a criminal, a Robin Hood, or "Quick Draw McGraw's sidekick?", his story is undoubtedly an intriguing one (and one I won't go into in detail here, because that would require a lot of research to fill in my fuzzy notions of anything he did). The important thing is Pancho Villa is a pretty good story, and thus our premier Mexican actor, Johnny Depp, will be portraying the man on screen alongside Salma Hayek:

Serbian helmer Emir Kusturica is in advanced negotiations for Johnny Depp to star as Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa in his upcoming biopic titled "Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers."

Salma Hayek is also in advanced talks to co-star in the pic.

The Spanish-language biopic is to be shot partly in Mexico, where Villa -- an early 20th-century bandit who became a guerilla fighter and a hero to the poor -- is an iconic historical figure. Depp will act in Spanish, Kusturica said.

The script is based on the biographical novel “The Friends of Pancho Villa,” in which author James Carlos Blake recounts how Villa and his compadres had a great time fighting and robbing the rich, but also dancing, partying and making love.

Johnny Depp can act in Spanish too? God, that just makes him that much more dreamy! He's like Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp rolled into one!*

*Just the language of Antonio Banderas. Otherwise he's still just Johnny Depp.

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