Johnny Depp wanted for Carter Beats the Devil adaptation
Johnny Depp is being pursued for the lead role in 'Carter Beats the Devil'.
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star is wanted by studio Warner Bros for the adaptation of the 2002 novel by Glen David Gold to play the part of Charles Carter, a magician who is working on his grandest illusion and stages a sawing in half of 1920s US president Warren G. Harding, only for him to die shortly afterwards.
It is not the first time work has begun on the project - Tom Cruise once tried developing it shortly after its publication but it was eventually dropped.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the studio is also looking for directors and has put the word out to three large Hollywood agencies.
Johnny, 48, has a number of films coming up for release in the next two years - he is currently filming roles in both '21 Jump Street' and 'Dark Shadows' and he will appear as Tonto in 'The Lone Ranger' in 2012.