We knew that Johnny Depp was one of the most versatile actors alive, but wowee zowee you guys, this one takes the cake: The Wrap is reporting that Depp has just been offered the lead role in an upcoming live action version of "Snow White." Is there anything Depp can't do?!
Of course, there's some fine print to the report, namely that this new revisionist take on the classic fairy tale is actually called "Snow White and the Huntsman" and focuses not on the infamous dwarf-loving girl but instead on the Huntsman, who in the the original story was a hulking minion of the evil Queen.
Tasked by the Queen with killing the innocent Snow White, the Hunstman instead secretly let her escape into the woods, opening the door for a new Hollywood take on the tale that explores his motivations and backstory.
Which is where Depp comes into play, naturally; given the actor's success with this year's surprise blockbuster "Alice in Wonderland," not to mention the fact that he's one of the most bankable movie stars in the world, Depp would seem to be a perfect fit for the role of the Huntsman, who in this version of the tale becomes a Yoda-style mentor to Show White, training her in the ways of the woods in order to help her fight back against the Queen's tyranny. Hey, why the hell not.
Surprisingly, though, Depp wasn't actually the first choice for the part, as Universal first offered the role to "Inception's" Tom Hardy. Hardy, however, passed in favor of "The Dark Knight Rises," opening the door for Depp to step into the gig.
Whether or not Depp will want to take on another fairy-tale part still remains up in the air, but according to the report there is some hope for Universal, as "Snow White and the Huntsman" is slated to begin filming in January, where Depp happens to have a break in his otherwise crowded schedule.
The movie, which is being helmed by first time director Rupert Sanders from a script by Evan Daugherty, is scheduled to land in theaters on December 21, 2012, so plan the next two years of your life accordingly.