Johnny Depp Joins 'Sleeping Dogs' Casting Discussion

What's good enough for Tom Hanks is evidently good enough for Johnny Depp, as the "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" star has joined the list of prospective lead actors for Kathryn Bigelow's "Hurt Locker" follow-up "Sleeping Dogs." The film was first publicly referred to as "Triple Frontier," but "Sleeping Dogs" seems to be the standard name now. Whatever it's called, Bigelow's aiming high in terms of star power.

The film about organized crime along the borders of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil has five big roles and two really big roles, one of which Depp could see himself playing, according to sources speaking to Deadline. As anyone who's seen Depp's current list of rumored and pre-production projects knows, however, he has a thick stack of work on his schedule that would require time travel and cloning to complete. He's reportedly open to finding a way to make Bigelow's film work, but it doesn't sound like it's going to be easy.

What is easy is seeing that Paramount and Bigelow are trying to build an Oscar contender from the ground up right now. Depp doesn't have a little gold guy with his name on it yet, though, and going toe-to-toe onscreen with Hanks under Bigelow's direction could provide a perfect storm of conditions for him to break into the nomination ring once again.

Would a Hanks/Depp pairing get you into a theater to see "Sleeping Dogs"? Do you think it will be an Oscar contender? Let us know in the comments and on Twitter!