Despite Showing Interest, Nobody Has Contacted Johnny Depp About 21 Jump Street
When making a feature film version of a television series, it's more common than not that the filmmakers will try and get the original stars to make a cameo (ex. Dirk Benedict in Joe Carnahan's The A-Team, David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser in Todd Phillips' Starsky and Hutch, etc.). That said, when it comes to the 21 Jump Street movie, it would seem that they have a serious hurdle to climb in order to do the same thing. After all, the star of the original series was none other than Johnny Depp, one of the biggest stars working today. Needless to say, if an actor like Depp shows any interest in the project then he should be scooped up immediately. Apparently the folks behind the upcoming feature don't necessarily see it that way.
MTV recently spoke with Depp who confirmed that he would be more than happy to show up in the film adaptation being written by Jonah Hill and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but nobody has bothered to give him a ring yet. The actor first mentioned that he would be interested in doing a cameo for the film back in March and is still in the dark about the whole thing. "I've said I'm into it, but no one's actually approached me," he said. "Call [Jonah Hill]. I'm in, I'm in. I think it'd be pretty easy."
Considering the movie doesn't have a set production date and won't be starting before next spring, there's obviously still plenty of time to reach out to Depp, but why not strike while the iron's hot? Hell, if Depp is available right now why not just get some cameras and film the damn thing just to get it out of the way just in case he can't do it later? The whole situation is a bit bizarre, but let's hope that they can work it out and we can see the return of Officer Tom Hanson.
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