Johnny Depp has dropped out of the upcoming Pancho Villa biopic Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers due to scheduling conflicts. The role will now go to either Benicio Del Toro or Gael García Bernal. Salma Hayek will also star in the biopic, although her role has not been disclosed.
We first reported on this project back in December 2009, when Johnny Depp first signed on. At the time, it was said that the movie wouldn't start production until 2011, due to Johnny Depp's numerous commitments to other projects. Now Johnny Depp has stepped away from Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers all together, which will now be able to begin production in the near future. The project was also known as Wild Roses, Tender Roses, although the title will now be Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers.
Emir Kusturica will direct Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers, which is based on the book by James Carlos Blake. Emir Kusturica will meet with both Benicio Del Toro and Gael García Bernal in Cuba to decide which actor will play Pancho Villa.
The story will center on the early 20th Century bandit Pancho Villa, who, along with his loyal group of followers, robbed from the rich and became a hero to impoverished Mexicans.