Johnny Depp Out, Michael Keaton to Play John McAfee in Film Project

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Michael Keaton, Not Johnny Depp, to Play John McAfee in Film Project

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Film veteran Michael Keaton will feature in a film about the life of controversial crypto advocate John McAfee, the man who made millions creating antivirus software, replacing the original actor identified, Johnny Depp. It now appears all was not quite so calm leading up to the final cast selection.

The latest confirmation is that Michael Keaton will star as the outspoken entrepreneur, but it isn’t the first yarn about McAfee’s trials and tribulations to appear on screen, following Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee released in 2016. The documentary directed by Nanette Burstein was labeled by MacAfee as complete fiction.

The latest film has McAfee’s hands all over it, so much so that he was unhappy with the selection of Johnny Depp as the main lead. Reportedly, he wanted Morgan Freeman for the part, although is happy with the inclusion of Keaton playing him.

When asked about Depp being fired from the project, McAfee responded: “The pussy couldn’t handle my drugs. Keaton will have no problem.” It appears that Depp was on the project for the best part of a year before being found a suitable replacement in Keaton, recent star of the smash hit Birdman. The synopsis of the film, in brief, covers a Wired magazine reporter, played by Seth Rogan, who is sent to cover a routine story but upon encountering McAfee, realizes it’s not that at all.

There has been no comment from Depp on his leaving the project but he is not short of work clearly, and it appears he’s after cryptocurrency-related roles. Depp, of Edward Scissorhands and Pirates of the Caribbean fame, had been linked early with this year with a new film said to be a biopic of the late cryptocurrency billionaire Matthew Mellon. Although it wasn’t confirmed, sources revealed that Depp was understood to be interested in the role and that “there is a screenplay being shopped”.

Depp has also signed with cryptocurrency-based media platform TaTaTu for an undisclosed number of movies. The new company has been attempting to acquire major stars since its ICO and is currently working on a Lamborghini biopic to star Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin, as well as another movie and two documentaries. The displaced actor was clearly happy to be associated with the crypto-based company and his own deal with them commenting:

“In this era of democratized entertainment, I admire the imaginative ethos of Andrea and look forward to collaborating together in a liberating, progressive manner that will befit the principals of our respective entities.”


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