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Lodged firmly in the "we thought this project was dead forever" files was "Shantaram," Johnny Depp's costly adaptation of Gregory David Roberts's novel of the same name.
After paying $2 million for the rights back in 2004, Warner Bros. tapped Depp to play the main character, an Australian heroin addict who escapes a supermax prison and, according to the report in Deadline, "reinvents himself as a doctor in the slums of India and eventually uses gun-running and counterfeiting skills to fight against the invading Russian troops in Afghanistan."
The Writer's Strike derailed this version of the movie, which was first attached to director Peter Weir ("Master and Commander"), then Mira Nair ("The Namesake"). But now the film has been reborn -- and Warner Bros. and Depp are looking to task Joel Edgerton with the leading man duties.
Australian actor Edgerton recently starred in "The Great Gatsby" and "Zero Dark Thirty," and he seems perfect for this "Shantaram" role, which some have suggested is a thinly veiled depiction of the book's author.
Even though Depp's production company Infinitum Nihil moved to Disney recently, "Shantaram" will still be a Warner Bros production. The project will now go out to directors.