Johnny Depp Confirms Pirates 4, Tonto in Lone Ranger, Mad Hatter

So, er, I guess this means Johnny Depp won’t be playing The Riddler in “Batman Begins 3″, huh? Probably not, unless Johnny Depp doesn’t need to eat or sleep, because the man currently has his hands full with three major projects in the coming years. The biggest one of all, of course, is the fourth installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, where Depp has confirmed that he will return as Captain Jack Sparrow. Meanwhile, Depp will also be playing Tonto in Jerry Bruckheimer’s sure-to-be-massively budgeted “Lone Ranger” movie. But wait! If you thought two mega Disney movies was more than one man can bear, Depp will also be playing the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s version of “Alice in Wonderland”. Seriously, where does Johnny Depp find time to see his kids and sleep with his wife?

Variety has all the Johnny Depp news you can use:

Depp has agreed to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” pic and play Tonto in a bigscreen adaptation of “The Lone Ranger,” both produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. He will also star as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s version of “Alice in Wonderland.”

The roles come after Depp helped Disney earn a combined $2.6 billion at the box office with the three pics in the “Pirates” franchise, also produced by Bruckheimer.

“Alice in Wonderland,” skedded for 2010, will be shot using 3-D and performance capture technology similar to that used for “Beowulf.”

Depp’s casting deals closed a full day Wednesday at the Kodak Theater, where Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook touted the Mouse’s upcoming slate of pics during a showcase event for exhibitors, media and other industry insiders.

So if Johnny Depp is Tonto, who is the poor schmuck who has to play the Lone Ranger? Because let’s face it, if Depp is Tonto, then Tonto is going to get all the best lines here. Heck, is Tonto even still an Indian (ahem, excuse me, Native American) in this one? Knowing Jerry Bruckheimer, the answer is a little hazy.

But for all you Pirates fans out there, and I know there are a ton of you who reads this site on a regular basis, here’s your confirmation. Yes, Johnny Depp WILL return as Jack Sparrow in a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

Below: Upon hearing that he has essentially sold his soul to Disney for the next 20 years, Johnny Depp’s reaction was … unexpected.



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  • hannah

    hahah…did you seriously just call it “batman begins 3″? wow…let’s review, shall we? First it was Batman Begins. The second was titled The Dark Knight. So why on earth would it be called Batman Begins 3. Hm…stupid people do amuse me.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Well we can’t all be a douche bag — er, I mean, as smart — as you “hannah”. Gosh, you’re so smart! I bet everyone who knows you goes around telling people they know, “Hey, you know who is the smartest one in, like, the whole universe? Duh! It’s Hannah!” For realzies.

    • http://www.timdiemart.com/ tripur

      They were calling The Dark Knight; Batman Begins 2 before people new the official title. The are just doing the same here. It’s just a mock title in place since we don’t know the offical title as of yet.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        I don’t know what you’re talking about, Tripur. How dare you accuse Hannah of not being the smartest girl in the room!

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        I don’t know what you’re talking about, Tripur. How dare you accuse Hannah of not being the smartest girl in the room!

  • hannah

    hahah…did you seriously just call it “batman begins 3″? wow…let’s review, shall we? First it was Batman Begins. The second was titled The Dark Knight. So why on earth would it be called Batman Begins 3. Hm…stupid people do amuse me.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

      Well we can’t all be a douche bag — er, I mean, as smart — as you “hannah”. Gosh, you’re so smart! I bet everyone who knows you goes around telling people they know, “Hey, you know who is the smartest one in, like, the whole universe? Duh! It’s Hannah!” For realzies.

    • http://www.timdiemart.com tripur

      They were calling The Dark Knight; Batman Begins 2 before people new the official title. The are just doing the same here. It’s just a mock title in place since we don’t know the offical title as of yet.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

        I don’t know what you’re talking about, Tripur. How dare you accuse Hannah of not being the smartest girl in the room!

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    How about an actual American Indian actor as Tonto, like the great Adam Beach? But, despite that, Depp can pull it off. I heard they’re looking at George Clooney to play the Ranger.

    Ironic since Clooney was tapped to play the Green Hornet (with Jet Li as Kato) a while back. The Green Hornet, alias Britt Reid, was the son of Dan Reid, John Reid, AKA the Lone Ranger’s nephew.

    • Rich

      Jonny Depp is in fact 1/4 Cherokee Indian, hence the narrow eyes and high cheek bones. His grandfather was Full bood Cherokee. Have you ever seen “the Brave” ? He pulls the Native thing off very well.

      • Gerri GrosVenor

        Thank you for mentioning Johnny Depp is America Indian. He makes us American Indians proud. I wouldn’t have anyone else playing this part. Yes, he did well in “Running Brave”, he played Billy Mills, Oglala Sioux.

      • Gerri GrosVenor

        Thank you for mentioning Johnny Depp is America Indian. He makes us American Indians proud. I wouldn’t have anyone else playing this part. Yes, he did well in “Running Brave”, he played Billy Mills, Oglala Sioux.

    • Rich

      Jonny Depp is in fact 1/4 Cherokee Indian, hence the narrow eyes and high cheek bones. His grandfather was Full bood Cherokee. Have you ever seen “the Brave” ? He pulls the Native thing off very well.

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    How about an actual American Indian actor as Tonto, like the great Adam Beach? But, despite that, Depp can pull it off. I heard they’re looking at George Clooney to play the Ranger.

    Ironic since Clooney was tapped to play the Green Hornet (with Jet Li as Kato) a while back. The Green Hornet, alias Britt Reid, was the son of Dan Reid, John Reid, AKA the Lone Ranger’s nephew.

    • Rich

      Jonny Depp is in fact 1/4 Cherokee Indian, hence the narrow eyes and high cheek bones. His grandfather was Full bood Cherokee. Have you ever seen “the Brave” ? He pulls the Native thing off very well.

      • Gerri GrosVenor

        Thank you for mentioning Johnny Depp is America Indian. He makes us American Indians proud. I wouldn’t have anyone else playing this part. Yes, he did well in “Running Brave”, he played Billy Mills, Oglala Sioux.

  • Not You

    Brad: Do your research. Johnny is part Cherokee.

    Hannah: Obviously calling it “Batman Begins 3″ was a dig at the franchise. Learn sarcasm, it’ll help you in life.

  • Not You

    Brad: Do your research. Johnny is part Cherokee.

    Hannah: Obviously calling it “Batman Begins 3″ was a dig at the franchise. Learn sarcasm, it’ll help you in life.

  • Mals

    Another Pirates? God, Disney doesn’t know when to stop. I swear I will go and *ahem* ‘debate’ this problem with the manager of the corporation, because they’re making another National Treasure, another High School Musical (which wasn’t even good to begin with), and another PotC makes it lucky number three.

    I miss the 90s, when Disney was actually good =(

    • nuna

      hey buddy
      news flash
      the world doesn’t revolve around u

    • nuna

      hey buddy
      news flash
      the world doesn’t revolve around u

  • Mals

    Another Pirates? God, Disney doesn’t know when to stop. I swear I will go and *ahem* ‘debate’ this problem with the manager of the corporation, because they’re making another National Treasure, another High School Musical (which wasn’t even good to begin with), and another PotC makes it lucky number three.

    I miss the 90s, when Disney was actually good =(

  • Mals

    Another Pirates? God, Disney doesn’t know when to stop. I swear I will go and *ahem* ‘debate’ this problem with the manager of the corporation, because they’re making another National Treasure, another High School Musical (which wasn’t even good to begin with), and another PotC makes it lucky number three.

    I miss the 90s, when Disney was actually good =(

    • nuna

      hey buddy
      news flash
      the world doesn’t revolve around u

  • MaT

    OK for starters who cares about “the lone ranger” that is going to suck no matter who is Tonto. 2endly Johnny Depp should skip that movie because “batman….3″ or what ever the hell u wana call it will be a million times better.