Johnny Depp to Star in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and The Lone Ranger

One of the other major announcements from yesterday’s Disney Showcase was actually three announcements in one… and they all involve Johnny Depp! Yep, it sure seems like Disney has hitched their wagon to Depp’s star, as they’ve got him lined up for not only another Pirates of the Carribean sequel, but also The Lone Ranger and an animated version of Alice in Wonderland!

Alice in Wonderland will be a motion-capture animated film in the vein of Beowulf with Tim Burton at the helm. Depp will play the Mad Hatter, while the rest of the cast is still TBA. I can’t wait to see Burton’s vision of this classic tale, but hey, whatever happened to that Marilyn Manson version of Alice in Wonderland / Lewis Carroll biopic?

There weren’t many details about Pirates of the Caribbean 4 as of yet (no word on parts 5 and 6 either), but the project that people seem the most curious about is The Lone Ranger. We’ve been hearing rumours about this for a while, and Disney is clearly hoping this will be another huge franchise for them. Depp will be playing the role of Tonto, the Native American sidekick (this despite the fact that they paraded him out on stage wearing the actual Lone Ranger mask… can you be any more confusing?). If I remember correctly, the original rumour stated that Jerry Bruckheimer would produce, and I guess we can assume that is also true. The script was written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio (The Mask of Zorro, Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2 and 3, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) and is described as an origin story. What do you think, does Disney have another major hit on their hands here?

  • Liz

    They need to stop with these Pirates movies. I loved the first one but the second one was repetitive and the third one was just plain boring. I love Depp, but the faux-Keith Richards schtick is wearing thing.

    I’m kind of disappointed to learn that the Alice In Wonderland film is going to be motion-capture animation because I am not a huge fan of that technique. I was excited for this project because of the aesthetic Burton could bring to it, but I feel like the motion-capture animation will make the film far too … glossy? I don’t know, it seems at odds with Burton. Ick.

  • They need to put that Pirates pony out to pasture.

  • I agree with Liz and Joel! Why do we need more Pirates movies? No reason.

    Sure Squidbeard (or whoever) looked amazing but I thought the whole series was just plain boring and I don’t get why people liked anything about them but the CG and Johnny Depp.

    I also agree with Liz on the CG motion capture thing. LAME.