Johnny Depp may be stepping into the shoes of the legendary Pancho Villa for his next feature film. According to Variety, the actor is in advanced negotiations to play the Mexican revolutionary in an upcoming biopic for the French shingle Fidelite.
The trade states that Depp is in talks to star in the film entitled, Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers. Emir Kusturica is attached to direct the screenplay that was written by regular collaborator Gordan Mihic (Time of the Gypsies, Black Cat, White Cat). The script is ready but due to Depp’s prior commitments production won’t start until at least 2011. If that wasn’t enough, Salma Hayek is also in negotiations to star in the film, perhaps she’ll be the six fingered woman?
The Spanish-language biopic is to be shot partly in Mexico, where Villa — an early 20th-century bandit who became a guerrilla fighter and a hero to the poor — is an iconic historical figure. Depp will act in Spanish, Kusturica said.
Depp previously worked with Kusturica in 1993 on the feature Arizona Dream. 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.
Depp is more than talented enough to pull off this role, but does he have to play every ethnic character known to man? Sure, he’s got that great tanned skin due to his Native American ancestry, but something about this seems off. How do you feel about the whole thing?
What do you think about Depp starring as Pancho Villa?