Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save 44%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
31 July 2015
Podcast 172: Josh Gad
Pixel perfect
Daniel Radcliffe Heads To Imperium
He's playing an FBI agent
Patrick Osborne To Direct Battling Boy
Animator adapting Paul Pope's graphic novel
Tom Cruise Teases Edge Of Tomorrow Sequel
Live. Die. Repeat. Again?
Tom Hardy's Taboo Finds A Director
The Killing's Kristoffer Nyholm takes the chair
Drew Pearce Says The Other Ghostbusters Is Still Happening
Update: Ivan Reitman weighs in
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
30 July 2015
The First Full-Length Trailer For Black Mass Arrives
Johnny Depp is Boston gangster Whitey Bulger
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
17 July 2017
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Mortdecai (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Into The Woods (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Rover (2014)
Empire Star Rating
For No Good Reason (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Joel Edgerton Starring In Shantaram
He'll take over the novel adaptation from Johnny Depp

05 September 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Joel Edgerton Animal Kingdom

Though it came loaded with a juicy, Oscar-potential leading man part that Johnny Depp was solidly down to play, somehow the adaptation Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram just couldn’t overcome the slings and arrows of director changes and a writers’ strike and quietly faded back into the development mire somewhere around 2007. Now, however, it appears to be pulsing with fresh life, snagging Joel Edgerton as its new star.

Warner Bros. has been trying to get this one made since 2004, when it bought up the rights to Roberts’ story. With thinly veiled nods towards the writer’s own life, it follows an Australian heroin addict who escapes a maximum-security prison and heads for Bombay, where he poses as a doctor. While he does a lot of good, his path leads him to Afghanistan, where he uses his gunrunning and counterfeiting skills to fight invading Russian troops. Like we said: juicy leading man part.

Directors such as Mira Nair and, most prominently, Peter Weir have been attached to Eric Roth’s script, but the situation is currently vacant. Though Depp is no longer looking to star, he’s still on as a producer and in fact personally reached out to Edgerton to pitch him the job.

Edgerton has plenty of work lined up already, with several films in the can. He’s written The Rover and scripted/starred in Felony. He’ll also be seen in Midnight SpecialJane Got A Gun and Ridley Scott’s Exodus.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Tommy Lee Jones To Remake The Cowboys
Walking a mile in John Wayne's boots
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

RE: RE Hope they pull this off
Oh didn't mean to say I don't like Depp, he's a great actor that goes without saying, but the character, at least as written in the book, is an unattractive thug and about as un-Johnny-Depp-y as you can imagine More

Posted by bleugh07 at 23:14 on 07 September 2013 | Report This Post

I'm mildly interested to see how this pans out, but...
can't help but lament how special the Depp/Weir could have turned out. There was a real promise of magic there. More

Posted by partybee at 10:39 on 07 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hope they pull this off...
Joel is miles better than Depp ,huh? are you kidding? he can't handle a candle to Depp. More

Posted by Koka19 at 09:32 on 06 September 2013 | Report This Post

Hope they pull this off...
They'll need a decent budget - $50million or so I'd say - to do the novel justice. I have a lot of affection for Shantaram but it'll need a serious paring-down to get it to a manageable length if they aren't planning to split into into more than one book, and they won't be because it's really not for kids. Having seen what roberts actually looks like, I was really hoping for Daniel Craig in the role but Edgerton isn't a bad substitute; miles better than Depp anyway. I'm saying this just to pe More

Posted by bleugh07 at 08:47 on 06 September 2013 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Black Mass Trailer Breakdown With Director Scott Cooper
Find out what's what with Johnny Depp's take on Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Read Empire's official verdict

Empire Meets Joely Richardson
On Maggie, Arnie and Event Horizon

100 Greatest Movie Characters
The complete list of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

Vote Now For Your Favourite TV Shows
Pick your top five - if you can...

Paul Rudd Is Awesome
Being awesome: from Clueless to Ant-Man

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)