Johnny Depp Stars as Mortdecai in January 2015 Film

johnny deppJohnny Depp will once again lend his unrivaled acting skills to the upcoming movie, Mortdecai. Scheduled to hit theaters on January 23, 2015, the film’s plot involves angry Russians, the British Mi5, an international terrorist, a difficult but beautiful wife, a debonair art dealer, and part-time scoundrel, Charlie Mortdecai played by Depp.

Together, this group of misfits travel the world armed only with unique charm and good looks in a race to recover a stolen painting that supposedly holds a special code to a lost bank account where Nazi gold is stored.

Written by Eric Aronson and directed by David Koepp, Mortdecai will also star Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Culkin, Jonny Pasvolsky, Ulrich Thomsen, Paul Whitehouse, Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt, and others.

Mortdecai is a comedy/action/crime movie based on the 1970s series of four comic thriller novels written by Kyril Bonfiglioli that have attained cult status. In all, there were four books, each quite unique.

The first, “Don’t Point That Thing at Me”, involved Mortdecai being pursued by police and ultimately charged with the theft of a priceless Goya painting. In the second book, “After You with a Pistol”, Mortdecai is coerced into marrying a Viennese heiress and a plot to assassinate England’s Queen.

In the third book, “Something Nasty in the Woodshed”, Mortdecai travels to the Jersey isle where he gets involved in the manhunt of a rapist. The final book, “The Great Moustache Mystery”, was written by Craig Brown due to Bonfiglioli’s untimely death. The last of the series evolved around a showdown in Buckinghamshire.

Based on the series’ continuing and growing popularity, Lionsgate picked up the adaptation. With David Koepp at the helm, who directed Spider-Man, Jurassic Park, and Secret Window, along with an amazing cast of stars, Mortdecai is a sure-fire hit.

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