Johnny Depp to Play Pancho Villa

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And Salma Hayek is going to costar! While we're disappointed that the part of Pancho Villa isn't being given to any number of talented Latino actors who would kill the role if given the chance, we'd be livid if we didn't love Johnny Depp so much! And given the fact that he's just wrapped filming on The Rum Diaries in Puerto Rico and spends a ton of time in the Caribbean, he's practically Latino anyway, right?

The film, Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers, will start shooting in late 2010 or early 2011 and will be scheduled to work around Depp's prior commitments. Serbian director Emir Kusturica will helm the project and is the man responsible for Depp's casting. “Johnny and I have been friends for a long time. When I showed him the script written by Gordan Mihic, Johnny said he wanted the role without even reading it,” Emir told

This movie seems destined for greatness. Even if Depp's hectic schedule causes him to drop out, we're sure Emir's film will be just fine. His backup plan? Recent Oscar winner Javier Bardem. This just may be the best movie ever made! Okay, clearly, we're a little bit excited over here...

Tell us: Do you think they should have cast a Latino actor in the role of Pancho Villa? Share your suggestions below!

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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