Director Terry Gilliam says he’s eyeing Johnny Depp for his new movie, ‘Carnival at the End of Days’
Johnny Depp may be adding Satan to his résumé of surprising roles.
Filmmaker Terry Gilliam, who has directed Depp in 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and 2009’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, said he’s eyeing the actor for a devilish role in his new movie, Carnival at the End of Days.
In a Variety interview conducted Sunday at the Red Sea Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Monty Python star teased a summary of its plot: “God wipes out humanity and the only character who wants to save them is Satan, and Johnny Depp plays Satan.”
Gilliam, 83, added that his God character’s motivation for bringing about the demise of mankind is “for f---ing up his beautiful garden Earth.” Meanwhile, Satan resolves to stop the destruction “because without humanity he’s lost his job and he’s an eternal character and so to live without a job is terrible.”
The British writer-director continued: “So he finds some young people and he tries to convince God that these young people are the new Adam and Eve. God still gets to wipe out humanity.”
To clarify the movie’s tone, he added, “It’s a comedy.”
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Of 2002’s Lost in La Mancha, the documentary made about Gilliam’s failure to complete his Don Quixote adaptation that was meant to star Depp, the filmmaker jokingly pointed out to Variety that its credits listed his name above Depp’s: “I have to keep him in his place.”
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which was finally released in 2018, starred Adam Driver and longtime Gilliam collaborator Jonathan Pryce. It’s the last screen credit from the Monty Python alum, who was nominated for a screenplay Oscar in 1986 for Brazil.
Gilliam’s collaborations with Depp, 60, date back to their screen adaptation of novelist Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing costarring Benicio del Toro. In 2019 on PeopleTV's Couch Surfing, the director revealed that filming Thompson’s cameo was a “horrible” experience as the author had “to be the center of attention.”
Depp, who this year starred in the French-language Cannes Film Festival premiere Jeanne Du Barry, also spoke at the recent Red Sea Film Festival. “I think the majority of audiences are really bored [with Hollywood],” he told The National. “These three-act structural kind of [things], people are sick of it. I think it shows pretty well in what's happening in Hollywood today.”
Jeanne Du Barry marked Depp's first film after his defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard, which ended in June 2022.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star will next feature in animated movie Johnny Puff: Secret Mission, due next year.
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