First Look: Johnny Depp is Dapper and Deadly in 'Mortdecai'

Friday, 09 May 2014 07:39 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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First Look: Johnny Depp is Dapper and Deadly in 'Mortdecai'

The first official image from next year's Mortdecai finds Johnny Depp opting against his totally normal Transcendence look and his painted, wig-intensive styles in The Lone Ranger or Alice in Wonderland.

It's a rare instance of Depp taking the middle way, sporting a little mustache and slicked-back blond hair.  As far as affections go, this is Depp playing pretty restrained.

He stars as the title character, Charlie Mortdecai, in a globe-trotting adventure introducing the hero of a novel trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli.

After a string of commercial misses, the star reteams with David Koepp, who directed him a decade ago in Secret Window.  Koepp delivered a lively action movie with his last directorial effort, Premium Rush, and hopefully that movie's sense of play keeps Mortdecai lively.

Interestingly, Koepp is working from a screenplay by Eric Aronson.  This is interesting because Koepp's writing credits include Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Mission: Impossible, and War of the Worlds. He's more known as a blockbuster writer than director, and he's written his previous directorial endeavors.

Even if Transcendence was a whiff, though, Depp's still an international movie star and the guy who played Edward Scissorhands, so this first official image, courtesy of The Playlist, is all Johnny Depp.

At this point, Depp might not be your bag, but Mortdecai is loaded with fascinating actors like Jeff Goldblum, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Aubrey Plaza, Olivia Munn, and Oliver Platt.

By now, you might just be wondering what this Mortdecai is actually all about. 

It sounds like a thriller sprinkled with absurd comedy and dashing action.  According to the official synopsis from Lionsgate and Oddlot, Mortdecai is a bit like this:"Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai 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."

The film, which sounds like it could either be a zippy romp or a Hudson Hawk-ish debacle, is still a long ways off.  Mortdecai is scheduled to open nationwide on February 6, 2015.

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