Hill Has a Place for Depp in ’21 Jump Street’ Movie

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:26 am,

21jump street Hill Has a Place for Depp in 21 Jump Street Movie

He keeps himself in such good shape that Johnny Depp could probably still get away with portraying a youthful-looking undercover cop.

Although now 46, Depp looks to have barely aged since taking on the role that kick-started his rise to Hollywood stardom more than two decades ago – that of Officer Tom Hanson in the hit TV show 21 Jump Street.

Now, while Depp won’t be going back to school, it does appear he could be back playing Hanson – or an entirely different character – in the upcoming 21 Jump Street movie, which is in the early stages of development.

The actor has previously said that he would be interested in making a cameo – “I’m hoping”, he told EW – and now 21 Jump Street co-writer and actor Jonah Hill has revealed there is a spot for the Academy Award-nominated Depp.

Asked by HitFix if he and his fellow screenwriters were taking Depp’s interest in the project seriously, Hill said:

”Hell yeah, we take it seriously. It would be great if Johnny Depp wanted to do a cameo.  We wrote him a really funny one, so hopefully he does it.”

Hill has written the script with Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and first-timer Joe Gazzam, so while everyone is taking these matters of casting seriously, don’t expect the film itself to follow suit. It will probably be more from the Starsky and Hutch school of TV-to-movie adaptations, more so than the Mission: Impossible one.

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So far, Hill is the only actor on board the film, which is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys behind recent animated release, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Shooting isn’t set to start until next year, which would certainly give Depp plenty of time to fulfill his commitment to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is almost ready to start shooting in Hawaii.

Depp starred in three of the five series of 21 Jump Street, which of course centered on a special unit of police officers who infiltrate schools and colleges to investigate crimes. At the time (1987-91), it was one of the coolest shows on TV. Seeing how it translates today will be interesting.

Out promoting his new film Get Him to the Greek, Hill likened he and his co-writers’ 21st century take on 21 Jump Street to the Back to the Future series (and thankfully not Old School with Will Ferrell).

“The fun is that they sort of go back to high school and immediately revert to the way they were in high school and lose the swagger and confidence they’ve gained as guys in their mid-20s.”

The show also starred Holly Robinson Peete as Judy Hoffs, Peter DeLuise as Doug Penhall and Dustin Nguyen as Harry Truman, and at one stage Richard Grieco, who remarkably got his own spin-off, Booker, after the character was meant to be killed off at the end of series three.

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No word if any of these original cast members will also be approached about making their own cameo appearances. It would be nice to see.

It goes without saying though: Depp would be a welcome addition to 21 Jump Street, adding a touch of class to what it must be said is a risky project. These types of remakes usually are. They can be very hit (see The Fugitive) or miss (see The Dukes of Hazzard). What might help further is Hill not including his Superbad co-star Michael Cera.

We’ll let you know more about 21 Jump Street as the news comes in. Stay tuned.

Source: HitFix

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  1. I have never even heard of this show.

  2. I used to love the show back in the day. My only problem is if the try to make it too slap stick, like the Starsky & Hutch remake. The show had a serious vibe and story line, but it also had a lot of funny scenes. I don’t think they should mess with the formula that made the show so popular.

  3. so let me get this straight…we have another TV show movie coming out. and worse yet, Jonah Hill is going to be involved?? oh man, Hollywood just gets worse every year. do these guys realize that 21 Jump Street wasnt a comedy??

  4. they NEED Zoe Saldana as Hoffs.

    • Enough of Zoe Saldana playing all the Black female roles in Hollywood already. What next, Zoe as Storm in the next X-Men?

      • Agreed…why not Kerry Washington?

        • Kerry Washington definitely should have played Uhura in Star Trek. But she isn’t young enough looking to pass for a high school student.

          Maybe Lauren London or Meagan Good, although they’re not the best actresses.

  5. They should bring back the whole cast and in the end make them the villians. A bunch of dirty cops running a robbery ring or drug ring or something. Would really like to see Depp play a hardcore villian.

    • hehe you should see sweeny todd then. that is great

  6. With Jonah Hill being the only actor attached to this film, I really don’t see any big names jumping over each other to line up for a role in this movie. I don’t see Depp doing a cameo of any kind unless this movie is a guaranteed hit. Or unless he lost a bet. Paul Blart would make a better under cover cop than Hill. I enjoyed the show back in the day, but I’ll probably pass on this, unless we get more than just names being thrown around, and actually here of a good script.

    • Since when has Depp done films that have been guaranteed to be hits? That’s not how he chooses roles, never has.

  7. Just a minor correction: Johnny Depp was on the show for 4 seasons, not 3.

  8. Why do they keep slaughtering these GREAT old shows? Mission impossible remakes were along the lines of great remakes. Starsky and Hutch and charlies angels were total slaughters of classic TV!!!

  9. tom hanson I love you’re the only love of my life You are my Reason to live pretty much I love you as a person sensilla You’re just my love ….

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