Johnny Depp is joining the cast of Waiting for the Barbarians which is being helmed by Columbian filmmaker Ciro Guerra known for Embrace of the Serpent. The film also stars Robert Pattinson and Mark Rylance. The film is based on a novel by South African writer JM Coetzee.
The award-winning novel is allegorical in nature and is about the war between oppressor and oppressed — colonists and colonised. It is about a magistrate who is a loyal servant of the Empire, but he has a change of heart after observing how the Empire treats its subjects. He becomes a rebel and is branded the enemy of the state.
Here is what the synopsis of the novel says, “For decades the Magistrate has been a loyal servant of the Empire, running the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement and ignoring the impending war with the barbarians. When interrogation experts arrive, however, he witnesses the Empire’s cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war. Jolted into sympathy for their victims, he commits a quixotic act of rebellion that brands him an enemy of the state”
Johnny Depp’s recent films have been commercial in nature, so his role in Waiting for the Barbarians will be a change. He was last seen in Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express. His next is Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald, in which he plays the titular character Gellert Grindelwald, the villain of the Fantastic Beasts series. The movie releases on November 16.
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