Johnny Depp to Star in Pancho Villa Biopic with a Long Title


Serbian director Emir Kusturica is ready to make a movie about Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. He’s given it a ridiculously long title — Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers (dear God, I hope they change that) — and he’s out on the town, looking for talent. Luckily, he appears to have found some major talent in the likes of Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek.

According to Variety, Depp is in “advanced negotiations” to star as Pancho Villa. He would join a legion of actors who have played the iconic revolutionary (who oddly, does not have his own t-shirt like Ché). The list includes Yul Brenner (Villa Rides, 1968) and Antonio Banderas (And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, 2003).

What’s more interesting is that the Spanish-language biopic is to be shot partly in Mexico, where Villa — an early 20th-century bandit who became a guerilla fighter and a hero to the poor — is an iconic historical figure. Depp will act in Spanish, Kusturica said. Hayek, who was born in Mexico, shouldn’t have any trouble following suit.

The film isn’t set to shoot until 2011, and despite having a completed script, they will wait for Depp to finish up all of his other commitments.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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