Terry Gilliam Now Says Johnny Depp WILL Be in Don Quixote?
The very last bit of news we heard regarding Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which will probably be his next project ("hopefully that’ll get up and running next year"), is that he had cast Robert Duvall in the role of Don Quixote instead of French actor Jean Rochefort (from the original 2000 version). However, Gilliam is still apparently looking for funding and didn't seem to have a start date set yet. But in a recent interview with Paste (via SlashFilm), Terry Gilliam answered the question of "Is it still going to have Johnny Depp in it?" with a simple "Yeah, and I rewrote the script." So Depp will be back as Toby Grisoni?
In the original Don Quixote that Gilliam tried to make in 2000, Johnny Depp was playing Toby Grisoni, a marketing executive who finds himself "unstuck" in time and travels back to 17th century La Mancha where he then becomes Don Quixote's sidekick/squire Sancho Panza. Originally, Gilliam said he was "in talks with Johnny Depp to bring the actor back," but then in June we reported that Depp was unsure of returning. Depp himself was quoted as saying that his "dance card is pretty nutty for the next couple of years" and he didn't want to make Gilliam wait for him. But maybe it all worked out and he was able to fit it in after all?
We'll need some secondary confirmation before reporting this as anything other than a rumor, but looking at Depp's upcoming "dance card," it may be possible. He's supposed to star in The Tourist with Angelina Jolie and that could shoot early 2010. And Tim Burton's Dark Shadows is also supposed to shoot next year. Then he's got Pirates of the Caribbean 4, but who knows what's going on with that, and he's also got The Lone Ranger. However, with a new studio head at Disney, there have been a lot of changes, and we haven't heard any news on those two moving forward. So who knows? Maybe a spot did open up in Depp's schedule?