Sunday, 26 July 2015

Hugh Jackman departs Collateral Beauty

It looks as though Collateral Beauty director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will have to continue without Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) in his follow-up to the Sundance Film Festival hit Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. Deadline reports that the Jackman has had to drop out of the drama due to a diary clash with the next Wolverine outing.

All is not lost, though – the producers behind the film are apparently looking to make a deal with Johnny Depp (Alice In Wonderland) to step in and co-star alongside Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) wrote the screenplay, which revolves around a New York advertising agency, and a man – presumably Depp's character, if he signs on – struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down. His colleagues devise a hugely unconventional plan to break him out of it, but they don't count on what happens.

Mara is still attached to the film alongside Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Gomez-Rejon is still scheduled to start shooting in the autumn, whether Depp takes the role or it goes to someone else, as there is a lot of interest in this one, so watch this space while every agent submits their client for consideration even as the team endeavours to lure Depp.

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