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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  • abdiel

    is he really serious throwing away batman 4 tile such as alice in wonderland and lone ranger, we all know they wont make as much money as the new batman combined

    • Dedpool3678

      If you look at Depp’s career it isn’t about the money, it’s about the parts and characters he plays. He never said no to Batman 3, but that’s still a long ways off. Alice in WOlderland is a chance to work with his buddy Tim Burton again, and Lone Ranger, well that’s just a classic, and I’m sure the kid in him is just happy to be a part of it. I’m sure he’s gonna be a bad ass tonto.

  • Anna-Margaret

    Johnny Depp is amazing! The plot of any movie can be complete and utter twaddle-speak and it would still be good because of his wondrous acting. Alice in Wonderland is going to be amazing; Tim Burton/Johnny Depp pairing always makes a wonderful film. Also the fact that they are sticking rigidly to the book means it will be fanatastic – Lewis Carroll was an amazing writer!
    I have never heard of The Lone Ranger but if they get good enough talent it should be a hit.
    I will never grow tired of seeing Captain Jack Sparrow on my television screen, even if the plot withers away into nothing.
    Probably going to cause some people to keel over in shock because of my next comment but who cares?!:
    I don’t think the new Batman movies (Batman Begins; The Dark Knight) are anywhere near as good as the original – played by Michael Keaton and directed by Tim Burton. Therefore I am glad Johnny Depp is not going for the role. I think he would have been superb teamed with Tim Burton. Also the original gave me more nightmares – just watch Danny DeVito as the Penguin…scary as hell! Even though it wasn’t directed by Tim Burton I would have to say Batman Forever is also better than the new Batman movies. Jim Carrey as the Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face were amazing.

    Stay away from the Batman movies Johnny!
    xx

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      “I don’t think the new Batman movies (Batman Begins; The Dark Knight) are anywhere near as good as the original – played by Michael Keaton and directed by Tim Burton. Therefore I am glad Johnny Depp is not going for the role. I think he would have been superb teamed with Tim Burton. Also the original gave me more nightmares – just watch Danny DeVito as the Penguin…scary as hell! Even though it wasn’t directed by Tim Burton I would have to say Batman Forever is also better than the new Batman movies. Jim Carrey as the Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face were amazing.”
      Are you serious? Sure as campy fun comic movies they were good, but by no means better than today’s franchise. Looking back Nicholson was the best thing about the original, and the other villains were the only good thing woth watching in those movies, except for Mr. Freeze, Bane, and Poison Ivy, from Batman and Robin. Keaton was better at “VOICING” Batman, but his Bruce Wayne and even his Batman was lacking in the development department, therewasn’t much time spent on his personal issues, excpet in Batman Forever. The new franchise does a remarkable job at grounding it in reality, but still having a sense of the fantastic. I think Depp would make a great Riddler. Someone who’s ego just won’t allow them to commit a crime, but HAS to leave a clue behind for the sake of the chase. Burton and Depp make an amazing team, and I’m a great fan of Burton’s work (which is why I like Batman and Batman Returns to this day, as he brought that dark noir feel to the franchise, when all we had before was the campy 60′s show, but even his Joker and Penguin, though distrubing were campy, and more comicy), but I prefer the Nolan Batmanverse to the Burton Batmanverse, and I’d like to forget all about what Schumacher did to Gotham with it’s neon and over abundance of statues.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      “I don’t think the new Batman movies (Batman Begins; The Dark Knight) are anywhere near as good as the original – played by Michael Keaton and directed by Tim Burton. Therefore I am glad Johnny Depp is not going for the role. I think he would have been superb teamed with Tim Burton. Also the original gave me more nightmares – just watch Danny DeVito as the Penguin…scary as hell! Even though it wasn’t directed by Tim Burton I would have to say Batman Forever is also better than the new Batman movies. Jim Carrey as the Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face were amazing.”
      Are you serious? Sure as campy fun comic movies they were good, but by no means better than today’s franchise. Looking back Nicholson was the best thing about the original, and the other villains were the only good thing woth watching in those movies, except for Mr. Freeze, Bane, and Poison Ivy, from Batman and Robin. Keaton was better at “VOICING” Batman, but his Bruce Wayne and even his Batman was lacking in the development department, therewasn’t much time spent on his personal issues, excpet in Batman Forever. The new franchise does a remarkable job at grounding it in reality, but still having a sense of the fantastic. I think Depp would make a great Riddler. Someone who’s ego just won’t allow them to commit a crime, but HAS to leave a clue behind for the sake of the chase. Burton and Depp make an amazing team, and I’m a great fan of Burton’s work (which is why I like Batman and Batman Returns to this day, as he brought that dark noir feel to the franchise, when all we had before was the campy 60′s show, but even his Joker and Penguin, though distrubing were campy, and more comicy), but I prefer the Nolan Batmanverse to the Burton Batmanverse, and I’d like to forget all about what Schumacher did to Gotham with it’s neon and over abundance of statues.

  • Anna-Margaret

    Johnny Depp is amazing! The plot of any movie can be complete and utter twaddle-speak and it would still be good because of his wondrous acting. Alice in Wonderland is going to be amazing; Tim Burton/Johnny Depp pairing always makes a wonderful film. Also the fact that they are sticking rigidly to the book means it will be fanatastic – Lewis Carroll was an amazing writer!
    I have never heard of The Lone Ranger but if they get good enough talent it should be a hit.
    I will never grow tired of seeing Captain Jack Sparrow on my television screen, even if the plot withers away into nothing.
    Probably going to cause some people to keel over in shock because of my next comment but who cares?!:
    I don’t think the new Batman movies (Batman Begins; The Dark Knight) are anywhere near as good as the original – played by Michael Keaton and directed by Tim Burton. Therefore I am glad Johnny Depp is not going for the role. I think he would have been superb teamed with Tim Burton. Also the original gave me more nightmares – just watch Danny DeVito as the Penguin…scary as hell! Even though it wasn’t directed by Tim Burton I would have to say Batman Forever is also better than the new Batman movies. Jim Carrey as the Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face were amazing.

    Stay away from the Batman movies Johnny!
    xx

  • Anna-Margaret

    Johnny Depp is amazing! The plot of any movie can be complete and utter twaddle-speak and it would still be good because of his wondrous acting. Alice in Wonderland is going to be amazing; Tim Burton/Johnny Depp pairing always makes a wonderful film. Also the fact that they are sticking rigidly to the book means it will be fanatastic – Lewis Carroll was an amazing writer!
    I have never heard of The Lone Ranger but if they get good enough talent it should be a hit.
    I will never grow tired of seeing Captain Jack Sparrow on my television screen, even if the plot withers away into nothing.
    Probably going to cause some people to keel over in shock because of my next comment but who cares?!:
    I don’t think the new Batman movies (Batman Begins; The Dark Knight) are anywhere near as good as the original – played by Michael Keaton and directed by Tim Burton. Therefore I am glad Johnny Depp is not going for the role. I think he would have been superb teamed with Tim Burton. Also the original gave me more nightmares – just watch Danny DeVito as the Penguin…scary as hell! Even though it wasn’t directed by Tim Burton I would have to say Batman Forever is also better than the new Batman movies. Jim Carrey as the Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face were amazing.

    Stay away from the Batman movies Johnny!
    xx

    • Deadpool3678

      “I don’t think the new Batman movies (Batman Begins; The Dark Knight) are anywhere near as good as the original – played by Michael Keaton and directed by Tim Burton. Therefore I am glad Johnny Depp is not going for the role. I think he would have been superb teamed with Tim Burton. Also the original gave me more nightmares – just watch Danny DeVito as the Penguin…scary as hell! Even though it wasn’t directed by Tim Burton I would have to say Batman Forever is also better than the new Batman movies. Jim Carrey as the Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face were amazing.”
      Are you serious? Sure as campy fun comic movies they were good, but by no means better than today’s franchise. Looking back Nicholson was the best thing about the original, and the other villains were the only good thing woth watching in those movies, except for Mr. Freeze, Bane, and Poison Ivy, from Batman and Robin. Keaton was better at “VOICING” Batman, but his Bruce Wayne and even his Batman was lacking in the development department, therewasn’t much time spent on his personal issues, excpet in Batman Forever. The new franchise does a remarkable job at grounding it in reality, but still having a sense of the fantastic. I think Depp would make a great Riddler. Someone who’s ego just won’t allow them to commit a crime, but HAS to leave a clue behind for the sake of the chase. Burton and Depp make an amazing team, and I’m a great fan of Burton’s work (which is why I like Batman and Batman Returns to this day, as he brought that dark noir feel to the franchise, when all we had before was the campy 60′s show, but even his Joker and Penguin, though distrubing were campy, and more comicy), but I prefer the Nolan Batmanverse to the Burton Batmanverse, and I’d like to forget all about what Schumacher did to Gotham with it’s neon and over abundance of statues.

  • blazer

    HOW CAN IT BE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN AND IT’S BEING FIMED IN HAWAIII???? WHAT’S CARIBBEAN ABOUT THAT? LOL THIS IS GOING TO SUCK REAAAAAAAALY BAD OR DO REAAAALY GOOD NOTHING IN BETWEEN. LOOK AT THE DIRECTOR 4 HEAVN SAKES HE DIRECTED LIEK WHAT? 4 FILMES 3 WHICH DID VERRY BAD IN THE BOX OFFICE…

  • blazer

    HOW CAN IT BE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN AND IT’S BEING FIMED IN HAWAIII???? WHAT’S CARIBBEAN ABOUT THAT? LOL THIS IS GOING TO SUCK REAAAAAAAALY BAD OR DO REAAAALY GOOD NOTHING IN BETWEEN. LOOK AT THE DIRECTOR 4 HEAVN SAKES HE DIRECTED LIEK WHAT? 4 FILMES 3 WHICH DID VERRY BAD IN THE BOX OFFICE…

  • blazer

    HOW CAN IT BE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN AND IT’S BEING FIMED IN HAWAIII???? WHAT’S CARIBBEAN ABOUT THAT? LOL THIS IS GOING TO SUCK REAAAAAAAALY BAD OR DO REAAAALY GOOD NOTHING IN BETWEEN. LOOK AT THE DIRECTOR 4 HEAVN SAKES HE DIRECTED LIEK WHAT? 4 FILMES 3 WHICH DID VERRY BAD IN THE BOX OFFICE…