Mark Millar Wants Depp & Pitt in ‘Nemesis’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2013 at 10:09 am,

Take the following announcement with a sizable grain of salt – Kick-Ass/Wanted creator Mark Millar claims that blockbuster actors Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt could potentially star in Nemesis, the movie adaptation of Millar’s characteristically violent comic book.

Director Tony Scott officially signed on to helm the big screen version of Nemesis earlier this month and has begun to scout out potential leads for the film.  In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Millar revealed that Depp and Pitt were two candidates that Scott was looking into – at Millar’s behest.

Here was Millar’s actual comment on the matter:

“Tony Scott, brother of Ridley Scott… I just got a call from him, literally a month ago… it was one of those very surreal things.  This is a $150 million budget… he said, “Who do you fancy for it [Nemesis]?”… I said, “I dunno, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp,” so he said, “That’s good, we’ll give them a call.”

Both actors are hot-in-demand talents and will certainly not be the only individuals that Scott will approach to star in his new film.  While neither Depp or Pitt should be considered a serious candidate to join the cast of Nemesis at this point (especially given the casual nature of Millar’s comment), the two can now be officially considered as “possibilities.”

nemesis Mark Millar Wants Depp & Pitt in Nemesis

Nemesis revolves around a wealthy loner who becomes a destructive, costume-wearing criminal and seeks revenge against a police officer whose actions (in a sense) destroyed his family.  The comic book was inspired by the question “What if Batman was The Joker?” and contains much of the same graphic violence and adult material seen in Millar’s previous creations.

Is Nemesis the type of non-mainstream comic book project that either Depp or Pitt would be interested in signing on for?  Both actors are known for taking on “riskier” roles occasionally, though Nemesis will be designed to appeal to a wider audience than a cult movie like Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas or Fight Club would - especially if Millar is correct about the $150 million production budget cost.

We will keep you updated on the development of Nemesis as more information comes our way.

Source: BBC Radio (via Bleeding Cool)

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  1. I had to rush right on over and fuss a bit. Come again? I mean really…Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp are completely polar opposites screen wise. I can count on Depp to be comically adept, and Pitt almost, but not quite.

    Say it ain’t so…
    Pitt, Inglorious Bastard he was not…

    I remember Depp in Alice and Wonderland–still having nightmares from it.

  2. I am still PO about this started distribution in May and was SUPPOSED TO BE MONTHLY and here it is September and we still only have two issues..WTF?! I hear that it is because McNiven hasn’t gotten around to drawing the latest issues as getting his work in on time has been problematic to say the least for him.

    I can see Pitt more as Nemesis than Depp but I would not have chosen either for this role.

    • Only 2 issues have hit the stands and they want to make a movie of it…?

      While it may be good (the movie) it just seems lackluster at best.

      The tagline itself seems to be riding on the coattails of TDK just cause of the popularity of the Joker…

      Also reading some reviews the book/story itself is weak. I will have to see if I know anyone that has the 2 issues.

      The most popular things seems to be the cursing…and killing. Yeah this is a rental at best.

      • I agree — with only two issues out, how can we determine the calibre of the story enough for it to merit a movie? What I’ve read so far is intriguing and craftily violent, but I want to see more unfold before I can psyched about a movie.

      • Yeah there is alot of cursing and killing but so far in the first two issues is that like the Joker in TDK Nemesis seems always to be two steps ahead of everyone else..he gets captured in issue 2 but I’m guessing only because it will enable him to complete his goal to kill Blake Morrow..To me it certainly seems a little like Jim Gordon with special forces training taking on Batman in a fight to the death..

      • Thank you for having some discerning qualities to point out…. not only do I love fiction and historical fiction… I love a good story and seldom is it based out of sparsely belligerant fantasy… I think Burton and Depp pulled it off with the Hatter after all was said and done but I havent seen it from Pitt since the Chuck’s Fight Club… This is not a pitch for Bonham to be in the casting either… love her work but need to see something more like this new world surrealism going on

  3. Surely Pitt would be playing the Nemesis role?

    This could be a crazy film, judging from the first 2 issues, but it’s incredibly visual, there dialogue is sparse at best.

  4. Depp

  5. my first reaction to something like this, is the fact that Johnny’s schedule is full up, at the moment.

    • seriously though….

  6. …wishing ain’t getting…

    Millar, what a media whore.

  7. The thing with Millar is, he comes up with some interesting concepts. Wanted, Civil War, Kick Ass now Nemesis. Pretty cool ideas… it’s the execution that’s lacking.

    I mean, a movie about a guy who has Batmans skills and resources… but Joker’s evil mentality COULD be friggin awesome.

    And i think Brad Pitt is an amazing actor. Totally underrated. He’s a chameleon. I’ve always said, he’s a character actor trapped in a leading mans body.

  8. Honestly… this entire graphic novel escapade might lend itself to instantaneous storyboard options but a well planned and designed movie takes vision with a certain amount of spit on the hands and grease on the wheels that I am just not seeing in this age of ‘unreason’… sorry folks.. ya aint sold me on this yet… Here is an example of how a Blockbuster hit featuring Pitt and Depp as a double bill would really work

    Imagine Pitt as Custer and primary antagonist in the upcoming Lone Ranger full length feature as a part of finding out that the Ranger is Depp/Tonto’s secret half breed younger brother with an axe to grind as he runs up from Texas following some renegades who killed a band of his ranger friends….

    Now there’s a great basis for this rapid play out hero/foil sort of plotline which actually has an actual explanation to show for the founding of the Texas Rangers at about the same time with decent costuming and believable settings in a time when the nation needs to understand a little more about real issues which are tearing us apart like social injustice and racial disparity via class war.

    Civil War themes always allow for a huge draw and a post civil war film might even help people to understand what it was like to deal with living in broken times where might makes right and the truly insane were touted as great leaders…. Never mind the frickin graphic novel on this one… get back to the basics and make a good film… Mark Millar needs to look at a bigger audience in my opinion

  9. I think they’re two of the actors now I do not see them doing justice to their characters.
    I think Cillian Murphy could pull off the villain and give the sense of calm and intellect that the books convey. I also feel that Viggo Mortensen would be perfect for role of the chief whilst Don Cheadle would be amazing as his partner. Josh Hutcherson would, in my view be very good as the chiefs son with Anna Kendrick is more than good enough to be his daughter. It would also be good to see Sigourney Weaver play his wife as she is a proven actress.