To tell you about Johnny Depp playing the lead in an upcoming Dr. Seuss biopic, we were going to make our entire post rhyme. But then we decided that would take way too long, so we hope you (and the good doctor) will forgive us. Illumination Entertainment is in development for a live action film chronicling the life of the beloved writer (real name: Theodore Geisel) and producers have reportedly tapped Depp for the part.
The actor has played a children’s author once before already; in 2004’s Finding Neverland he portrayed Peter Pan scribe J.M. Barrie. And he’s no stranger to playing a real dude who calls himself a doctor, as he reprises his role as iconoclastic Dr. Hunter S. Thompson in the upcoming Rum Diaries. We always felt that, like Thompson, Dr. Seuss must have used some kind of illegal substances to come up with the characters he wrote about. Right? So when you look at it that way, it’s a perfect fit!
Wait a second … Johnny’s résumé includes Neverland, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland and now Dr. Seuss? We see a trend. Clearly, he’s trying to get a monopoly on our childhoods.
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