UPDATE: According to an official source over at Paramount, the image after the jump does not feature Johnny Depp, contrary to the report below. We're not sure who that guy is or how he factors into the story, but the studio is saying it ain't Johnny.
In news about a movie that stars Johnny Depp playing Johnny Depp comes the first image from Martin Scorsese's 3D flick, 'Hugo Cabaret,' based on Brian Selznick's 2007 similarly titled, young-adult novel. Depp's name was attached to the project as producer, but as we all know, Johnny boy can't resist an unusual tale, and 'Hugo' is full of stuff that seems right up his alley: Parisian orphans, turn-of-the-century eccentricities and inventions, and himself, of course, as an abstract painter who hangs out at a train station and helps the title character solve a mystery.
In this photo (see it after the jump), Depp appears as M. Rouleau, along with 'Let Me In''s Chloë Moretz as Isabella and Asa Butterfield as Hugo. Scorsese's film is set in the 1930s and follows the orphaned Hugo, who lives inside the walls of a busy Paris train station. His secret life finds him stealing, being a clock keeper and saddling up with a strange, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy shop.
According to JoBlo, "A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery."
Selznick's book, which won the 2008 Caldecott Medal, clocks in at over 500 pages, with 284 illustrations that are an integral part of the storytelling. This emphasis on the visual, coupled with Scorsese's name, should relieve any fears about the use of 3D as a money-maker. The steampunk-esque film features strong supporting players, including Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helen McCrory.
Hopefully we'll be seeing more images that will help us determine what this highly original tale will actually look like, but for now what do you think?