Sounds like Johnny Depp's role in the upcoming movie adaptation of "21 Jump Street" isn't a mere cameo.
Could he actually be resurrecting Tom Hanson, the undercover high school cop he originated in the 1980s television series?
No surprise, but all those involved are under strict orders to keep details about Depp's gig a secret. However...
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"It's more than just a moment," Jake Johnson, who plays the principal in the movie, tells us exclusively.Story: Depp may play Dr. Seuss in live-action film
In fact, Johnson admits he wanted Depp's role. "It's a really fun part and I went to my agent afterwards and I was like, 'Hey man, I killed it!'" said Johnson, who currently costars in the new Fox comedy, New Girl. "I was like...I think I've got a really good shot. And he goes, 'For which character?' and I said the character and he goes, 'Yeah, you know, that's Johnny Depp's part if he wants it.'"
The big screen version stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
Depp told E! News shortly after wrapping "Jump Street" he worked with Hill and Tatum. "It was fun," he said.Story: Trailer of the Week: Depp drinks up for 'Rum Diary'
He also told Entertainment Weekly, "It might be difficult to spot me in this one right off the bat. I'll be a little...different."
Since when isn't Johnny Depp different?
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