Too Fab has the first look at Johnny Depp on the set of the “Dark Shadows” film adaptation today … and he’s looking seriously supernatural. (That’s not the picture above – you gotta click below to see him!)
Depp was seen in full costume and makeup as Barnabas Collins Tuesday in the UK, sporting a fedora, cane and an extremely white face.
Barnabas was played by Jonathan Frid (inset) in the original TV show, which ran from 1966-1971.
The film once again re-teams Depp with frequent collaborator Tim Burton — who must really love seeing Johnny with pale skin. See: “Edward Scissorhands,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Sweeney Todd.”
“Shadows” will co-star Helena Bonham-Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz and Jackie Earle Haley and is slated for a May 2012 release.
“Now all of this may look like some crazed hallucination,” Johnny Depp, as Hunter S. Thompson stand-in Paul Kemp, says, “but it’s all true… I think.”
And so it goes in this long-awaited big screen version of “The Rum Diary,” Depp’s latest film adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson novel. The film, which sat on the shelf for a while, has a roundabout history that, in a very minor way, resembles that of the book; the semi-fictional story about Thompson’s time in Puerto Rico as a young journalist began being written in 1958, but went unpublished until 1998.
Depp, as Kemp, plays an alcoholic journalist who starts kicking around San Juan, Puerto Rico, writing for a failing local paper and taking LSD. It was a fearful, doomsday description of what Thompson worried he may become in the early stages of his career, though, obviously, his real life success far exceeded that of his nervous projection.
The film also stars Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins, and hits theaters October 28th.
Johnny Depp (pictured, with Amber Heard) stars as a writer at a Puerto Rico newspaper in the ’50s-set The Rum Diary, an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel. The actor was a friend of the late author’s and played him in 1998′s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He shot Rum Diary — which hits cinemas Oct. 28 — before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but deliberately delayed its release. ”You can’t open it next to some blockbuster thing,” he says. ”It’s a special little film.”
Premise: Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) is an itinerant journalist who tires of New York and America under the Eisenhower administration and travels to Puerto Rico to write for The San Juan Star. Kemp begins the habit of drinking rum and becomes obsessed with the woman Chenault (Amber Heard).
I’m pretty sure I love ALL Johnny Depp movies! Can’t wait!
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are teaming up again, this time in the the big-screen remake of the 1960′s gothic vampire TV soap opera Dark Shadows. This will mark the eighth time Burton and Depp have worked together. Previously they worked together in the films Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, and Alice In Wonderland.
Depp will portray Barnabas Collins, a self-loathing vampire living in a Maine manor who is searching for his lost love.
Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family which runs the Maine town. The character has not left the mansion since the disappearance of her husband a decade earlier.
Michelle and Tim have worked together before. She played Catwoman in Burton’s Batman Returns in 1992.