Johnny Depp has created another eccentric character for his latest mystery/comedy, “Mordecai.” Based on the anthology “The Mordecai Trilogy” by Kyril Bonfiglioli (specifically, the novel ‘Don’t Point That Thing At Me’), the flick has Depp portraying a roguish art dealer, Charlie Mordecai, on a quest to find a missing piece of art that is rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Mordecai must outwit and out-charm some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, and a debonair art dealer as he travels the world to find the mysterious painting.
The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum and Paul Bettany. Directed by David Koepp (Ghost Town, Premium Rush) and produced by Andrew Lazar, Johnny Depp, and Christi Dembrowski, the screenplay was written by Eric Aronson.
Author Kyril Bonfiglioli was once himself an art dealer, as is his lead character Mordecai. Bonfiglioli wrote three books with Charlie Mordecai as the lead and started a fourth in the late 1970s. Sadly, Bonfiglioli passed away before finishing the fourth. It was completed and published by Craig Brown 14 years later.
“Mordecai” will hit theaters on February 6, 2015.
Check out the trailer above to see Depp’s newest quirky character. What do you think? Looks like a fun flick to me.
Depp is currently filming a sequel, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” that is set for 2016.