The trailer for the February release of Johnny Depp’s version of the classic Charlie Mortdecai mysteries written by Kyril Bonfiglioli borrowing generously from Duveen, Wodehouse and the art trade is out. It’s a mixed bag but decide for yourself:
Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai is a right royal romp of the highest order, with Depp playing an anarchic aristocratic art dealer named Charlie Mortdecai, and Paul Bettany his valet, Jock. Think Jeeves and Wooster, but with more sex, swearing and guns, and you’ve just about got the new trailer for Mortdecai, available at Apple.
[T]he quality of the books (and the characters, and Johnny Depp’s moustache) has attracted some pretty starry stars in the shape of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Munn and Ewan McGregor. The director is David Koepp, whose most recent writing credits include Men In Black 3, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Premium Rush (which he wrote and directed). On writing duties in this instance is relative newcomer Eric Aronson.
It’s difficult to judge a film from so little footage – and with such a domineering musical accompaniment – but it looks like the team behind the adaptation have gone gamely for the broader side of things, what with the shotguns to the chest, breast-grabbing mimes and ‘tache comb. Fast Show, eat your heart out.