Johnny Depp to Perform the Performance of Dr. Seuss

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And now comes an act of Enormous Enormance! No former performers performed this performance!

Quoting his own "If I Ran the Circus" might be the way that Dr. Seuss himself might've responded to the news that Johnny Depp will be playing him in a movie.

According to Risky Business, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star will produce and most likely star in a live-action movie about the life of the classic children's author and illustrator born Theodor Geisel but known worldwide as the inimitable Dr. Seuss.

Geisel was born in 1904 and went on to publish 46 children's books known for their imaginative characters and the author's knack for rhyme and trisyllabic meter. The most beloved and celebrated of his works include "Horton Hears a Who!," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham," "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" and, of course, one of the most popular graduation gifts of all time, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

Depp is no stranger to playing eccentric and brilliant writers, having portrayed "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie in "Finding Neverland" and a funhouse version of Hunter S. Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." He's an absolutely perfect choice for Dr. Seuss -- we can already hear him reading some of that wonderful writing out loud.

The currently untitled biopic will be distributed by Universal, which released live-action versions of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000) and "The Cat in the Hat" (2003). Universal is currently in post production on an animated adaptation of Seuss' "The Lorax," opening March 2, 2012.

Johnny Depp will next be seen in another Hunter S. Thompson adventure, "The Rum Diary," opening Oct. 28, and in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," opening Nov. 23.