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Depp Cast as Addict-Turned-Doctor

Johnny Depp isn't leaving the big budget world for a return to Indieland any time soon. As Variety reports, he is newly attached to "Shantaram," to be directed by Mira Nair.

Time will tell if this will be Depp's follow-up to Tim Burton's take on "Sweeney Todd," or Depp's own production of Hunter S. Thompson's "The Rum Diary." The story of "Shantaram," based on a novel by Gregory David Roberts, involves a heroin addict who flees Australia for India, where he reinvents himself as a third-world doctor on the streets of Bombay. Supposedly Roberts' based the novel on some of his own experiences. (Hear that, James Frey? Somebody knows how to tell a good story without resorting to lies.)

Director Nair is apparently adaptation-happy: her current project, to be released March 9, is "The Namesake," based on the novel by Pulitzer-prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri.

Posted by on January 19, 2007 1:13 PM
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