Based on the beloved novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli – namely Don't Point That Thing At Me, After You With A Pistol, Something Nasty In The Woodshed and The Great Moustache Mystery – Mortdecai is a right royal romp of the highest order. Depp's titular aristocratic art dealer is thrown into a deadly world of raging Russians, lethal terrorists and MI5 agents, with only his wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) and a vast reserve of bonhomie to fall back on, including his manservant Jock (Paul Bettany).
The quality of the books (and indeed the characters) has attracted some rather big names in the shape of Jeff Goldblum (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Ewan McGregor (The Impossible) and Olivia Munn (Magic Mike). The film is directed by David Koepp – whose most recent writing credits include Premium Rush (2012) and this years Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – while writing duties in this instance is relative newcomer Eric Aronson.
Mortdecai is set for a 6 February 2015 release.