Sunday, January 17, 2010

Johnny Depp eyes Pancho Villa role, Salma Hayek in talks to co-star

Pancho Villa

Johnny Depp

By Nick Vivarelli –

ROME — Serbian helmer Emir Kusturica is in advanced negotiations for Johnny Depp to star as Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa in his upcoming biopic titled “Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers.”

Kusturica said the script, written with regular collaborator Gordan Mihic (“Time of the Gypsies,” “Black Cat, White Cat”), is completed, although lensing is not set to start until 2011 due to Depp’s prior commitments. The Spanish-language biopic will be shot partly in Mexico.

Salma Hayek is in advanced talks to co-star in the pic.

Depp and Kusturica collaborated previously on “Arizona Dream” in 1993.

Script is based on biographical novel “The Friends of Pancho Villa,” in which author James Carlos Blake recounts how Villa and his compadres had a great time fighting and robbing the rich, but also dancing, partying and making love.

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