Johnny Depp is a natural fit for a Terry Gilliam film, having worked with the director on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and parts of The Imaginarium of Doctor Paranassus in order to complete Heath Ledger’s performance. He was supposed to star as Toby Grisoni in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote back in 2000 as a man who travels back into the 17th century and becomes Don Quixote’s sidekick Sancho Panza. However, some set mishaps deterred the first try at the film.
Now that production has started up again, Gilliam has cast Robert Duvall as Quixote, replacing Jean Rocherfort, who was cast in the original version. For a time it looked like Johnny Depp would not return due to his busy schedule, but in a recent interview with Paste, Gilliam seems to intimate that he will. When asked if Depp would be in it, he simply replied, “Yeah.” No clarification, no followup.
Of course, Depp is likely to do it if he finds time. According to IMDB, Depp has about fifteen films in development, such as The Lone Ranger, and that doesn’t even include concrete projects like Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and The Tourist. Perhaps he can squeeze it in before Pirates, but it would be a tight fit.