Quentin Tarantino Wants to Work with Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep & Michael Caine

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Like many high profile filmmakers, Quentin Tarantino has developed a small stable of actors that frequently appear in his projects. Whether it’s because that actor is particularly suited to the director’s style of filmmaking or the director is just a fan of his or her work, a bond can be struck between the person in front of the camera and the one behind it.

In Tarantino’s case, that list of regular players includes such acclaimed talent as Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Harvey Keitel. However, in addition to those names, Tarantino has given established stars a chance to either revitalize their careers (John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, Pam Grier in Jackie Brown) or shake up their own filmography by dipping their toe in Tarantino’s playground (Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds, Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained).

In an interview with Charlie Rose (via The Playlist), Tarantino has stated that there is another actor he’d love to work with, none other than Johnny Depp. Here’s what the director had to say:

“We would love to work together. We’ve talked about it for years. Not that we get together and talk about it for years, but from time to time. We’re obviously fans of each other. It just needs to be the right character. I just need to write the right character that I think Johnny would be the right guy to do it with. And if he agrees, then we’ll do it. And then it’ll be magical. I haven’t written the perfect character for Johnny Depp as of yet. Maybe someday I will, maybe someday I won’t. We’ll see.”

Tarantino goes on to mention that Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Michael Caine are also on his wish list, and while either of those living legends will surely bring something special to one of his films, Depp in particular is a fitting choice for a Tarantino film.

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Moviegoers may recall that Depp collaborated with director Robert Rodriguez – Tarantino’s close friend – for the 2003 action flick Once Upon a Time in Mexico, portraying a corrupt CIA agent who gets in over his head on a mission south of the border. Rodriguez and Tarantino have collaborated numerous times over the years, including the 2007 double feature Grindhouse, so it’s not much of a shock that Depp and Tarantino may have been friendly over the years. If a Depp-Tarantino collaboration ever occurs, one can only imagine that the pairing would similarly result in the kind of magnetic performance that DiCaprio gives in Django Unchained.

Some fans have also grown weary of Depp’s relentless team-ups with Tim Burton – Dark Shadows in particular was a major critical flop and a financial underperformer domestically – and, one can assume, he can only reprise his signature role as Captain Jack Sparrow for so long. Perhaps the very thing Depp’s career needs is to deliver the kind of edgy, compelling performance that Tarantino’s films are known for.

Would you like to see Depp appear in a Tarantino film? What other stars do you think are the perfect fit for the director’s upcoming projects, such as the discussed third chapter in a potential Basterds/Django historical revenge trilogy? Let us know in the comments.

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is in theaters now.

Source: Charlie Rose [via The Playlist]

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  1. Drop as the villain in Killer Crow? Yes please.

    • *Depp

      • i would love to see johnny working with tarantino

  2. As a HUUUUUUUUUGE fan of Micheal Caine, and a bigger fan of Meryl Streep,this needs to happen.

  3. Depp needs to get back to his indie roots, like with Dead Man (an over looked westeren) and Fear and Loathing which was awesome! I’m sure Tarrantino could cook up something amazing for Depp, Im tired of all these gothic Burton collaborations, hopefully The Lone Ranger will get him back on track!

    • Being an ardent Depp fan I couldn’t agree more.

  4. ….I would love to see Q.T. work those actors and actress, just to see what kind of roles he could come up with for them…

  5. Michael Caine playing a role similar to his character in Get Carter maybe?

    • The original or the remake ?

      • the new one obviously… it was way better… i also have a head injury.

        • Django Unchained is not a Historical Piece, it is a Period Piece.

          Never in all the years of studying HISTORY, have I ever come across Django.

          Anyone else?

          • Maybe we could get a Django / Rango cross over?

            Depp and Tarrantino collaboration sorted lol

  6. Depp and Q.T. seem like a natural fit. I hope Q.T. finds something to make that will be worth everyones time and not just some also ran, just to squeeze in some work goals before he retires. I think he’ll have to break new ground for himself too to get Streep interested in doing a role…

  7. I like the fact that Tarrantino thinks about his filmography and the legacy he will leave behind when he retires, there are not many directors out there who can say the same

  8. sounds like a Spy thriller to me.

    A Tarantino directed Spy movie, with Johnny Depp as the lead and Michael Caine as the bad guy. Meryl Streep as “M” (or whatever that position is called). Thats the first think i thought of with this headline.

    We know Tarantino loves his westerns, kung fu, and gangster films. But how is he on old James Bond and Rat Pack films? A good 60s era (cold war) Spy movie would be perfect to complete Tarantino’s historical trilogy

    • Oh please.

      • There’s nothing more interesting than doing a Tarantino film.

    • Infantile? Have ever seen a Tarantino flick?

  9. “Would you like to see Depp appear in a Tarantino film? ” Umm… YES!!!

  10. Q.T. and Depp= magic?

  11. Onmmmmm

  12. Tarantino is a terrific director and they are all brilliant actors one thing that can be said about Quentin is that he always provides the audience with a massive cast of A-List actors i like all these actors so i’m all for them teaming with Tarantino hope i get to see Django Unchained soon looks really fun

  13. I would love to see Kevin Spacey and Ryan Reynolds in a Tarantino movie. Spacey could play a killer villain. Ryan Reynold’s delivery seems to be perfect for Tarantino’s style.

    • I think you’re on to something! Lol

  14. Depp as a native fighting the invading Spanish explorer- Meryl Streep & Michael Caine.

  15. As Donnie Brasco being my favorite Depp movie, I say he should go back to more movies like that. Tarantino would just help bury his career.

  16. Streep has put off playing an English Monarch for years. She hates the idea of being compared to Dame so and so… Closest she came was Thatcher. I would like to see Tarantino take on Elizabeth I or Vicoria with Streep in the lead. I actually think that if she hams it up and eschews all attempts at subtely – ala that aweful nun she gave us in in Doubt – she is would do more than enough justice to one of Tarantino’s crazy characters. Never really liked Johnny Depp. Highly overrated!

    • Highly overrated ? if you don’t like an actor you called him overrated ? i don’t like leo dicaprio but i didn’t call him overrated!

  17. It seems wierd to have streep in a tarintino film, idk why.

  18. I’d kill to see RDJ act in a Tarantino film. That would be a perfect pairing.

  19. I would love to see RDJ in a Tarantino movie, also I hope JGL gets another chance to work with him.

  20. depp would be fun to see in a tarantino movie, rdj would too, on a another one i like to see is christisn bale.

  21. michael caine and meryle streep and johnny depp in a tarantino ,yes please and hopefully christian bale

  22. i’d like to see meryl and johnny play real down-and-out homeless people gone psychotic. maybe one of them starts out in the social elite class and is dumped by their spouse and loses everything and the other was always nuts and became homeless when the nuts were let out of the sanitarium due to lack of funding. michael caine plays a social worker that begins to connect the dots while visiting many of his work cases that have lost loved ones recently in horrific ways.

  23. Yes please, Michael Caine with Johnny Depp directed by Tarantino would be fantastic.
    Loved Michael Caine in Children of Men.