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Posted - 12/01/2008 :  20:33:59  Show Profile Show Extended Profile  Send Duh_koji_hoda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
According to the Los Angeles Times, Johnny Depp is Dr. Julien Sauniere.

That would be the lead character in the film adaptation of Arvid Nelson's Rex Mundi. Jim Uhls, who adapted Fight Club will write the screenplay based on the comic series (which recently moved from Image to Dark Horse). Depp will both star and produce the film through his Infinitum Nihil (Infinite Nothing) production company.

From the Times:

Rex Mundi (King of the World) posits an alternate present of 1933 in which the Reformation never happened, the Inquisition is still in full swing, Europe remains dominated by the Catholic Church and the rest of the world consists of colonies. Depp, who became the biggest movie star in the world this summer by reprising his Keith Richards-inspired swashbuckler, would play a pathologist investigating the mysterious death of the priest who found him as an orphan.

"It's a noir-ish 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' " Uhls says. "There are murders and a mystery, and the lead character discovers a massive conspiracy, biblical in its origin." Though it may sound an awful lot like a "Da Vinci Code" rip-off, Depp will surely sport less offensive hair than Tom Hanks, even if he decides to base this new character on John Lydon (Johnny Rotten).

Or - as Dark Horse describes the series:

In a Paris where magic is real and the Catholic Church never lost its political power, one man's quest to solve a murder may lead him to the Holy Grail itself!

Doctor Julien Sauni#232;re continues his investigation into the theft of a mysterious medieval scroll, only dimly aware of the forces tugging him to the doorstep of the powerful Duke of Lorraine. Lorraine wants to provoke a massive, globe-spanning war that will soak the world in blood-but why? The answer to that question, a deadly confrontation in the ancient catacombs beneath Paris, and a blasphemous revelation about Judas, Christ's betrayer, all await Julien in this volume of the critically acclaimed series Rex Mundi!

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