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Johnny Depp approached to play Harry Houdini, famed magician adventurer

Johnny Depp is in negotiations to star as famed magician & adventurer Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit's The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero directed by Dean Parisot (Red 2).

The story, which is said to be in the vein of Indiana Jones, recasts Houdini as not just a master escape artist but an investigator of the world of the occult. Noah Oppenheim wrote the screenplay, which is based on William Kalush and Larry Sloman's book of the same name.

The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame—his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Initiating the reader along the way into the arcane world of professional magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend.

Harry Houdini


Via: The Hollywood Reporter

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Tags: Harry Houdini, Johnny Depp, movie

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Comment by Larry on June 1, 2014 at 11:19am

I think Depp is a really good actor. The key it seems to me is in the scripts. So I think both the Houdini and Kolchak could be good if they have a good writer and director.

Comment by Brendan HollyKing Leber on May 30, 2014 at 2:30pm

Like the announcement I read earlier where Johnny Depp was tagged to play Kolchak in a movie version of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, I read this with a bit of hesitation.  Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed several movies with Depp.  Sadly I've also had to sit through many steaming piles of doo with Depp.  Thankfully it doesn't also have Tim Burton attached to direct, which gives me hope.

That being said I think the subject will be interesting and look forward to watching the movie when it comes out.

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