Despite being the headliner of one massive box office bomb — "The Lone Ranger" is expected to lose Disney something like $190 million (mega ouch!) — Johnny Depp's still having no trouble scoring himself new work.
Next up for the screen chameleon is a pic called "Mortdecai," which will feature Depp as Charles Mortedecai, a debonair art dealer-slash-rogue who per Lionsgate "must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold."
The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, adds that there'll be some other zany characters in the mix of mischief, including one "impossibly leggy wife" (just imagine the armchair-casting coming off of that descriptor).
The film, adapted to script by Eric Aronson from the '70s Kyril Bonfiglioli novel series "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery," will be directed by David Koepp and squeezed into Depp's schedule before production sets sail on "Pirates of the Caribbean 5," which be as early as this winter.
Depp and Koepp previously teamed up on the 2004 psychological thriller "Secret Window," based on a novella by Stephen King, and the union brought forth a few fun little Depp-isms totally worth revisiting.