Johnny Depp in Talks to Join Tom Hanks Crime Thriller TRIPLE FRONTIER
Johnny Depp may have set his sights on an Oscar with last year’s Black Mass, the based-on-a-true-story crime drama about real life gangster Whitey Bulger, but the Academy didn’t bite: Depp’s name wasn’t among the nominees announced last week. The chameleon-esque actor is now said to be in talks for Triple Frontier, a long-developed crime thriller about the titular border zone of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina, a harbor of organized crime. Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) aimed to direct the film, even going so far as to talk with Depp to join the project – a project which Bigelow departed after studio demands required she cast Will Smith.
With Smith reportedly off the project, Depp may once again be involved, this time with A Most Violent Year helmer J.C. Chandor in the director’s seat. Mark Boal, Oscar-winning co-writer of The Hurt Locker, provides the screenplay for the film. Paramount Pictures has also officially put an offer out to Tom Hanks, who has been involved with the project as far back as 2010.
Depp can next be seen as the Mad Hatter in Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, out May 27th.