McGregor And Paltrow In Talks To Join Depp In “Mortdecai”

July 25, 2013

Johnny Depp isn’t the only big name starring in the upcoming mystery film MORTDECAI. Variety reports that Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor are both in talks to co-star in the movie, which is being directed by Premium Rush‘s David Koepp.

The film is based on the book “The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery” by English author Kyril Bonfiglioli and adapted by screenwriter Eric Aronson (On The Line).

Synopsis: “The story centers on a rogue/art dealer named Charles Mortdecai who travels around the world on the hunt for a stolen painting that contains a code that will give him access to a bank account filled with Nazi gold. Along the way he must face off against Russian gangsters, agents from MI5, his wife, and an international terrorist.”

Variety doesn’t specify what roles Paltrow and McGregor will be playing in the movie. The film is an adaptation of the first novel in a trilogy. If the movie does well then a new film franchise could be born.

When Johnny Depp passed on the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass in May it opened up his schedule to do this picture. Lionsgate is fast tracking the project and apparently they are looking to get cameras rolling before the end of the year.

Depp will next star in Rob Marshall’s Into The Woods for Disney and at the start of 2014 he will begin shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Mortdecai will be the second time that Depp has worked with Koepp as a director. Their first collaboration was on Secret Window.

Gwyneth Paltrow recently starred in Iron Man 3, which is currently the fifth highest grossing movie of all time worldwide. She’ll next star in the sex addiction dramedy Thanks For Sharing, which comes out September 20th. Her schedule has opened up since it is unclear when we’ll ever see an Iron Man 4 or if she’ll be in The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Looks like she also has some free time to fill.

McGregor, however, has had a rocky year. He was praised for the Oscar-nominated drama The Impossible, but critics didn’t care for Bryan Singer’s Jack The Giant Slayer. He will next be seen in a film adaption of Tracy Lett’s play August: Osage County, with co-stars Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Julia Roberts. He also recently worked on the western Jane Got A Gun.

A 2014 summer or fall release date is expected.

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