Yarrr, mateys, playing a swashbuckler is one thing for Johnny Depp - but a vengence seeking barber?
If anyone can pull it off, it's sure to be this versatile thespian. Depp will be reuniting with director Tim Burton to play the title role in a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd." The story centers around a 19th-century barber seeking bloody revenge over his wrongful imprisonment.
The star of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, this year's biggest, most abysmal hit (with a domestic gross of $400 million), is expected to do his own singing, said Marvin Levy, spokesman for DreamWorks, which is co-producing "Sweeney Todd" with Warner Bros.
Sweeney Todd marks the sixth collaboration between Depp and Burton. The pair scored a blockbuster in summer 2005 with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while past films include: Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow.
The filmmakers plan to start shooting Sweeney Todd early in 2007.