There is no question that Johnny Depp is a man of a thousand faces. His past transformations include Edward Scissorhands, The Mad Hatter, Captain Jack Sparrow, Hunter S. Thompson, and even Willy Wonka. Fans will be pleased to know that his latest movie, Mortdecai, seems to fall perfectly in line with his modus operandi. The folks over at JoBlo have just posted the first trailer for the movie and, oh man, it is amazing.
Pretty wonderful, right? David Koepp, who is best known for his writing credits which include Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, is taking the reins as director this time out, and it will be very interesting to see how he does. Mortdecai boasts an impressive cast that includes Gwenyth Paltrow, Aubrey Plaza, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, and Olivia Munn, all in addition to Johnny Depp and Johnny Depp’s moustache. The official plot reads:
Juggling some angry Russians, the British MI5, his impossibly leggy wife, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
While Depp has a very diverse background when it comes to his over 30 years on screen, his newest film seems to be taking his fans into new territory – comedy. Not that Depp’s past performances haven’t garnered laughs from the audience! The wonderful Benny & Joon is a perfect example how Depp can fuse comedy and dramatics seamlessly, leaving the audience with a delightful result. Depp has managed to pull the feat off in several movies but none of those movies have ever chosen comedy as their main genre. Mortdecai, on the other hand, looks like it will be a laugh out loud comedy showcasing Depp’s utter weirdness.
It will be nice to see Depp return to a smaller feature after spending years trying his hand at blockbusters, most of which drew uneven results. Movies like Dark Shadows and Lone Ranger may have been enjoyed by fans of the actor but critics ripped them apart and they were bombs at the box office. It is nice to see that a studio has found the perfect place to cast Depp and that he seems so at home in a smaller film. Mortdecai hits theaters on February 6, 2015. Feel free to twirl those ‘staches as you wait.