Johnny Depp as an Aussie?

Starring in Peter Weir’s new film


Aussie filmmaker Peter Weir [“Green Card”, “Dead Poet’s Society”] will direct Jump Street-er Johnny Depp in “Shantaram”, a film based on the novel about an Australian heroin addict who gets a new lease on life as a general practitioner in the slums.

In the film, the man escapes a maximum-security prison and reinvents himself in India as a doctor in the slums of Bombay. The man’s eagerness to find medicine for his patients leads to him doing ‘whatever it takes’ – gunrunning, drug smuggling, counterfeiting, says Variety.

Speaking of Depp, the teaser trailer for his “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel is online.