The last we heard, Johnny Depp was heading completely off the rails. Following his divorce and the death of his mother, the actor is now broke and fighting with his accountants. Nonetheless, it seems like his profession could bring some order back into his life: appearing soon as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 2, Johnny Depp has just landed another new role.
He's set to appear in an adaptation of the novel Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M . Coetzee (Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003), which will be directed by Ciro Guerra. The Colombian director is best known for Embrace of the Serpent. His new project has been in the works since 2016. The cast features Robert Pattinson, Mark Rylance and Joe Alwyn, as well as Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp couldn't hide his enthusiasm, as Playlist reports:
"Mark Rylance is really truly a genius. Here’s what’s amazing about Mark Rylance. He’s considered — and is — probably the greatest living Shakespearean actor today, and he refuses to acknowledge that. He makes sort of fun of it. So, it’s Mark Rylance, myself, Robert Pattinson. Super excited, we’re going to shoot that in Morocco towards the end of October."
Waiting for the Barbarians recounts, in the first person, the relationship between a military representative and a civil official in a colonial empire. Against a background of conflict between the oppressors and the oppressed, the book explores the themes of hatred of the other and cruelty.