[Movies] Filming Begins On Mortdecai Starring Johnny Depp
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.21.2013
Coming Soon reports that Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment have announced that principal photography has started on the action comedy Mortdecai. It's based on the three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli. The film stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Olivia Munn. Guy Burnet, Michael Byrne, Michael Culkin, Jonny Pasvolsky, Ulrich Thomsen, and Paul Whitehouse. David Koepp will direct from a script by Eric Aronson. Andrew Lazar, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski and OddLot's Gigi Pritzker are producing.
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said: "Kyril created a rich, immersive world with fresh characters, and we are thrilled to bring his beloved story to life with our friends and partners at OddLot. With David Koepp at the helm and a brilliant all-star cast, 'Mortdecai' will captivate audiences and keep them on the edge of their seats."
Oddlot's Gigi Pritzker added: "The teams at OddLot and Lionsgate have been eager to start production of 'Mortdecai.' The cast of this film is phenomenal and the storyline is hilarious. It will be incredible to see it all captured over the coming weeks and we look forward to sharing it with fans of Kyril's novels worldwide."
Here's a synopsis: Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
This is the first joint project for Lionsgate and OddLott for a multi-year, multi-picture co-financing and distribution deal announced last month.