Thursday, January 20, 2011

Johnny Depp As The Wizard Of Oz


Robert Downey Jr. has been dropping out of things right and left lately, and the latest victim is a prequel to The Wizard Of Oz. Apparently Disney's next choice is Johnny Depp. Can I see Johnny Depp as the Wizard? Yep, but I wonder if it will be like another version of Willie Wonka. It would probably have that same kind of feel. Oh, and also Alice In Wonderland. I was kind of looking forward to Robert Downey Jr playing the role because I think and this is just my opinion, that the Wizard is really not that nice of a guy and Robert Downey Jr would have that kind of attitude that maybe Johnny does not have. When Johnny plays these characters they all end up kind of looking the same. It is not that Depp is not a great actor because he is fabulous and has lots of range, it just seems like he has been doing a lot of this type of role lately. What he needs to do is try and find some small indie project and just do something totally different from what he has in the past five years.

32 comments:

BigMama said...

I think this would be a great roll for Christian Bale....can't you just see him screaming at the munchkins to get him a latte? In all seriousness, does this mean that they will cast Helena as one of the witches?

timebob said...

thank god tim burton isn't directing it.

I really don't need my beloved OZ to be twisted into one of his S&M fantasies.

Jasmine said...

hahahaha @timebob
too funny

Jasmine said...

and whats up with RBjr?
He would have been great in this- totally agree with ya Enty

The Nightmare Child said...

Nah. Johnny needs to sit this one out and let someone else do it.

I nominate David Tennant.

kathrynnova said...

agreed. and could we also nix tim burton, helena and danny elfman as potentials too?

they're all great, but they seem to be getting repetitive. it happens. i still love them though.

nunaurbiz said...

Is this a direct adaptation of the books or the movie version of Wicked? Love Wicked!!!! Saw it again the other day.

RocketQueen said...

Gah...I really hope this isn't more hinting in the direction that RDJ is off the wagon :(

Agree though - I can totally see Depp doing the same kind of zany character he always does. Love me some Depp - but seeing him in the Tourist promos wonders if he can play a straight-up character anymore.

timebob said...

@nunaurbiz it is a prequel and Wicked is being turned into a mini-series.

I'm not sure however if they are basing Oz The Great & Poweful on the books or if it is a new screenplay.

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nunaurbiz said...

@ timebob: Thanks!

Audrey said...

Are there ANY new ideas in Hollywood????

MommaBear said...

Now, I love Johnny as much as the next girl...I have this fantasy where I can afford to buy an island right next to his in the Bahamas, and he would dress in his pirate outfit, we could all get together for drinks on the beach...ah, those would be good times indeed.

But, I have to admit, Johnny is kind of turning into Jim Carey, always playing the same character. Maybe that's what motivated him try 'The Tourist'. It is different from his usual roles, even if he comes across as a little bloated in it.

shakey said...

Jude Law? But I doubt he could carry a movie.

My brain is not coming up with actors who can play dark and troubled characters. Besides Daniel Craig.

I'd hate to see someone young in this role. He needs to have experience.

timebob said...

John Hamm he has the looks & can do authority really well.

I'm a bit tired of seeing Johnny also. I know he has a family and an estate to support in France.

But after the Tourist bomb he needs to take some time off.

Mooshki said...

Damn it, I hope RDJ doesn't go downhill. I'm sure sobriety is a constant struggle for him. I hope the reason he's cutting back on work is to lessen his stress so he has less reason to relapse.

Sylvia said...

LOL@Timebob

I thought RDJ was kind of weird at the GG.

married for money said...

if anyone thought that rdj was completely on the wagon, i have a bridge in brooklyn to sell you. and you can add kelly osbourne to that list.

Sis said...

Ahhh, I hope he has not fallen, especially after working so hard to stay clean and out of trouble.

@MommaBear...love your Johnny idea, now that would be fun!

linnea said...

@married for money - I think you are probably right - but you seem damn sure! what do you know that we dont?

SFG said...

Hear, hear! What @linnea said! What do you know, @married for money? You can trust us, we're all friends here! (and big gossip whores, lol)

sunnyside1213 said...

@ SFG, love being called a gossip whore. Wonder if I can add that to my resume.

linnea said...

Oh, its def on mine. First post.

fairylights said...

What about Alan Rickman? He'd give the role intensity and a touch of menace. He can do a pretty good American accent if needed.

Who am I kidding, I just want to see more Alan!

RJ said...

I think Eddie Izzard would be a PERFECT wizard. He does a great American accent. RDJ would have been great, too. I also hate to think that he's sliding down the wrong path. Maybe he just doesn't want to overbook himself. Overwork leads to relapses, too.

Mooshki said...

Remember, Enty had a blind that RDJ was slipping way back when he was doing publicity for the first Iron Man. I don't think he's sober, but there's a big difference between struggling with your sobriety and losing it all together. I'm just happy if he can keep his life from falling apart.

kathrynnova said...

oooooooooh, alan rickman or eddie izzard. yes, please.

eyeonu2 said...

I so want him to hold it together.

Mango said...

Agree that Rickman or Izzard would be amazing. I still laugh when I think of Rickman in Galaxy Quest. I love it when actors don't take themselves too seriously, and he was so perfect in that role!

MCH said...

I totally agree with you, Enty!

KellyLynn said...

I love the Eddie Izzard suggestion. I also agree with Mooshki about RDJ maybe dialing it back a little. I'll support whatever keeps him well.

Tenley said...

I nominate John Malkovich or Gary Oldman. I know they're probably going for someone slightly younger but I miss both of them and either of them could be wonderful in it.