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Johnny Depp won't be the only A-lister starring in the upcoming mystery film Mortdecai. According to Variety, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor are now both in talks to co-star in the movie, which is being directed by Premium Rush's David Koepp.
Based on the book "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery" by English author Kyril Bonfiglioli and adapted by On The Line screenwriter Eric Aronson, the story centers on a rogue/art dealer named Charles Mortdecai who travels around the world on the hunt for a stolen painting that contains a code that will give him access to a bank account filled with Nazi gold. Along the way he must face off against Russian gangsters, agents from MI5, his wife, and an international terrorist. Unfortunately, the trade doesn't specify what roles Paltrow and McGregor will be playing in the movie. The book the story is based on is actually the first in a trilogy, so it's possible that this could be the start of a franchise for the stars involved.
The film is coming along faster than it was originally expected to.When Depp walked away from the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass in May it opened up a hole in his schedule that Mortdecai now looks to fill. Lionsgate is fast tracking the project and apparently they are looking to get cameras rolling before the end of the year. Depp will next be making Rob Marshall's Into The Woods at Disney and at the start of 2014 he will begin shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 5. The movie will be the second time that the star has worked with Koepp as a director, as they previously collaborated on the horror film Secret Window.
Though she's only been in one movie so far in 2013, Paltrow is having a pretty damn good year - after all, that particular title is ranked as the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide. She'll soon be seen in the sex addiction dramedy Thanks For Sharing, which will be in theaters on September 20th. She could potentially have a role in Joss Whedon's upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but with Iron Man 4 not coming any time in the foreseeable future, she could have some time on her schedule to potentially start a new franchise.
McGregor's 2013, meanwhile, has had its ups and downs. While he earned positive marks for the Oscar-nominated drama The Impossible, critics were much less kind to Bryan Singer's Jack The Giant Slayer. He will soon be back on the big screen in the adaptation of the Tracy Letts play August: Osage County - which pairs him with great actors like Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts and more - and he most recently worked on the much-discussed western Jane Got A Gun.
If production on the film is starting up before the end of 2014, we can probably assume that Lionsgate will release the movie in either the summer or fall of 2014. Stay tuned for updates.