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'Grand Budapest Hotel': Johnny Depp Not Up For Next Wes Anderson Film (UPDATED)

07/17/2012 09:05 am ET | Updated Sep 29, 2012

UPDATE: Wes Anderson told HuffPost Entertainment that Depp is not in "The Grand Budapest Hotel." More information is available at our new story.

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What was rumored seven days ago is now fact: Deadline.com has confirmed that Johnny Depp will star in Wes Anderson's next film. The news was first reported by the film website Twitch.

Called "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Anderson's next will go into production soon. That's good news for Depp, who has a hole in his schedule following the delay of "The Thin Man" reboot he was set to star in for Warner Bros. The actor is currently finishing up "The Lone Ranger" for Disney, an action blockbuster directed by Gore Verbinski.

When Twitch first reported Depp's involvement with Anderson's next film, the site also mentioned a cavalcade of big names as potential co-stars, including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Jude Law and Angela Lansbury. As yet, however, no other cast members are officially signed on.

Anderson wrote "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with one of his non-industry friends. As the director told Vulture earlier this year, the new project will be set in Europe.

Depp could certainly use Anderson's deft touch to get his critical mojo back. The actor has had a down 2012, with "Dark Shadows" bottoming out with critics and domestic audiences alike, and reports of budgetary strife on the set of the "Lone Ranger" taking up more column inches than anything about the project's narrative.

Meanwhile, back in June, Depp announced that he had split from his long time girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis, after 14 years together. The pair have two children.

For more, including which big name producer is involved in the project, head over to Deadline.com.

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