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Indie fans rejoice — Johnny Depp will star in Wes Anderson's new film

Johnny Depp and Wes Anderson at the Alice in Wonderland: Royal World Premiere afterparty
It’s a dream pairing, one that’s almost hard to believe hasn’t happened before. Leading man Johnny Depp will return to his indie roots (WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE?, ED WOOD, BENNY & JOON) to star in auteur Wes Anderson’s next project, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.

According to Deadline, Depp will probably begin work on the film after wrapping Gore Verbinski’s THE LONE RANGER, which is set for a July 2013 release.

Other names that have emerged as possible additions to the BUDAPEST cast include Willem Dafoe, Angela Lansbury (?!), Jude Law and Bill Murray. Could it be — Depp and Murray together in an Anderson picture? Be still my heart.

Check out Depp in LOST IN LA MANCHA, the 2002 documentary chronicling Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE (Friday at 10A).

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