When we heard that Johnny Depp would play the lead in The Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Seven Fingers for Emir Kusturica, a few things ran through my mind. First, surprise at the fact that the constantly-busy actor would be in the sort of marginal film (with respect to the mainstream box office) that was once a big part of his resume. Second, that it was more than a bit unfortunate that a Latin actor didn’t get the role. Third, I was willing to accept that considering that it meant Emir Kusturica would gain a much larger audience for the film.

Things have now changed. To no one’s great surprise, Johnny Depp’s schedule will prevent him from playing Pancho Villa. As a replacement. Mr. Kusturica is reportedly eying Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio del Toro. That should take care of some of the major arguments against the film. Read More »