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Johnny Depp Finds A 'Magic Hat'. Crisis Averted.

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in "The Lone Ranger" Disney

There are plenty of Hollywood stars who wear many hats — Ben Affleck and George Clooney, for instance, are known as actors, directors, producers and writers — but nobody takes this quite as literally as Johnny Depp, who manages to find an epically goofy hat (or hairstyle) in just about every film he's in.

Now, though, he's taking this obsession to its ultimate end, as according to Empire Online, he's just landed a new writer for a film adaptation of the young adult novel "The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen."

And you thought he couldn't top that dead bird from "The Lone Ranger."

Written by author Myron Leroy, "The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen" is a whimsical tale about some kids in the 19th century trying to escape their wicked aunt. Naturally, they fall in with a traveling magician who has a sentient hat. It's kind of like the Sorting Hat from "Harry Potter," only instead of sorting things, it leads the band on a bunch of Roald Dahl-esque misadventures.

And now the hat has found a chronicler in the form of screenwriter Jack Thorne, who is best known to American audiences for a movie that hasn't even come out yet, the upcoming adaptation of author Nick Hornby's "A Long Way Down."

Of course, exactly what the movie will be about is still up in the air, as a previous attempt to turn "The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen" produced a script that completely scrapped the entire plot of the book. But that's probably fine with Depp.

After all, when it comes to Depp's career ambitions, as long as he gets to wear some kind of silly hat, everything else is just details. You go, Johnny.

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