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Tuesday 27 January 2015

Depp Seuss-es out new film role

Johnny Depp will next be seen in The Rum Diary
Johnny Depp will next be seen in The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp is apparently in talks to play Dr Seuss in a forthcoming biopic.

The Hollywood star, who has already brought the Mad Hatter, Peter Pan author JM Barrie and candy inventor Willy Wonka to life on the big screen, is said to be considering the lead role in the live-action film about the life of the classic children's author, whose real name was Theodor Geisel.

Johnny is also looking at producing the family movie with Illumination Entertainment and Infinitum Nihil, reported Risky Business blog.

Massachusetts-born author Geisel, whose Dr Seuss' books, including The Cat In The Hat and Green Eggs And Ham, have become best-sellers worldwide, died of throat cancer in 1991, at the age of 87.

His writings have been adapted for the big screen, including How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat In The Hat, Horton Hears A Who! and the upcoming Lorax.

Johnny, who will next be seen in The Rum Diary and Martin Scorsese's Hugo, has been busy with Tim Burton's Dark Shadows and could be starring as Tonto in the Disney version of The Lone Ranger, directed by Rango filmmaker Gore Verbinski.

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