Unexpected star Johnny Depp wants to be portrayed in a biopic

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Johnny Depp has impersonated dozens of roles over the years. With more than 100 characters to his name including Capt. Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, The Mad Hatter and Sweeney Todd, it’s hard to believe there are more iconic characters to his name. Despite a difficult few years, Depp appears to be making a comeback, though he’s not interested in reprising his role as Jack Sparrow in future Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

After Depp’s trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard ended, an anonymous former Disney exec told People that Depp would likely return to the Pirates franchise. “I absolutely believe that after the verdict, ‘Pirates’ is ready for a reboot with Johnny on board as Captain Jack,” said the outlet’s former manager. “There are just too many potential box office sweethearts for a beloved character that’s deeply embedded in Disney culture.” Though Depp won’t be as Capt. Jack returns, we might see him as a whole different icon. In fact, Depp originally expressed his desire to star in this icon’s bio more than a decade ago!

Johnny Depp hopes technology could help him bring this character to fruition

In 2009, Johnny Depp surprised everyone by revealing his dream role to Mirror UK. The then 44-year-old actor told the outlet he would be willing to play a teenage girl if someone asked him to, although he believes technology could help him achieve his ultimate acting dream. “My dream role would be to play music legend Carol Channing in a biopic of her life,” he told the outlet. “I love her, I really do. She is unbelievable.”

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While she was still alive (Channing died in 2019), Channing gave Depp her blessing to play her in a future biopic film. Per Vulture, Channing seemed wholeheartedly on board with the idea. “For as long as I can remember, men have been impersonating me,” she told the outlet. “In fact, most imitations I’ve seen had a five o’clock shadow.” Channing isn’t wrong—there’s even a banned 1995 Broadway song in her honor called “Carol Channing Sequence; Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery”. Channing has always been a good sport. It would be great fun to see Depp in his most challenging role yet, especially since he’s such a huge fan of Channing’s work!

Johnny Depp goes behind the camera for a biopic

As we eagerly await a new biopic of Carol Channing starring Johnny Depp, the actor takes over the director’s chair in another biopic. According to Variety, Depp is set to direct Modigliani, his first directorial effort in 25 years, with Al Pacino as producer. “Modigliani” will focus on 48 pivotal hours in the life of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani in Paris in 1916 that, according to the outlet, made him famous.

“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I am incredibly honored and truly humbled to bring to screens,” Depp said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “It’s been a life of hardships, but triumphs in the end – a universally human story that all viewers can relate to.” THR added that the film is based on the Dennis McIntyre play of the same name, which premiered in New York in 1978. The film is currently in pre-production with no update on when it will hit theaters.

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