If there's one actor working today who is worth waiting for, it's Johnny Depp. Unfortunately, not all filmmakers have the luxury of being able to postpone a project long enough to fit the busy star in. His many commitments may, for instance, force Terry Gilliam to replace the actor in his second attempt to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Robert Duvall claims to be Depp's Jean Rochefort's substitute on that one, though no word yet on Depp's role).

Yet Serbian director Emir Kusturica, who last collaborated with Depp on the underrated and under-seen Arizona Dream 16 years ago, is holding off production of his latest, titled Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers, until 2011 in order for Depp to play the title role. According to Variety, the actor is still merely in negotiations to play the Mexican Revolution hero, whom he would reportedly portray entirely with Spanish dialogue.

The script for the biopic, based on James Carlos Blake's book The Friends of Pancho Villa, is completed, written by Gordan Mihic, who previously penned Kusturica's Time of the Gypsies and Black Cat, White Cat. The project also has a French production company set up. Normally, having such things in place would mean that a film is all ready to go. Instead, the wait for Depp's availability means Kusturica will shoot a black comedy called Cool Water in the interim.

Salma Hayek is reportedly set to costar with Depp, though it's not mentioned if her role will be that of the titular six-fingered woman. Originally from Mexico, she should make up for the fact that Depp is not the correct ethnicity. He should be convincing enough in the role, though, regardless.
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