Johnny Depp Could Also Join Kathryn Bigelow's 'Sleeping Dogs'

October 6, 2010

Johnny Depp

We just learned that Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow wants Tom Hanks to join Sleeping Dogs, the drama formerly known as Triple Frontier. Now it looks like another big name may come aboard the film which centers on the organized crime haven that exists in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil (or la triple frontera). Deadline says Bigelow is "courting" Johnny Depp to play one of the two major leads amongst five main roles in the film. Hanks is up for the other major role, but nothing is official yet. In addition, Depp's busy schedule may prevent him from taking the role no matter how badly he wants it.

Sleeping Dogs is set to start filming in February and that's when Depp is supposed to start working on Dark Shadows (as producer and star) for director Tim Burton. However, the prospect of bringing Depp and Hanks together for a film from last year's creative team behind The Hurt Locker (including writer Mark Boal) is so enticing that a huge effort is going to be made for him to work on both films. Hanks hasn't done a film like this since Road to Perdition, and audiences would watch a snuff film if it had Johnny Depp in it, so it's a win-win for everyone. Hopefully a deal can be finalized for both Hanks and Depp soon. We'll keep you posted.

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