Johnny Depp to Play Cybersecurity Mogul John McAfee in Biopic King of the Jungle

Posted 05/15/2017 2274 0

Just days before his new movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens around the world, Three-time Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp has found his next project.


A few days ago, when Johnny Depp joined the cast of Richard Says Goodbye, we noted that he often prefers to play characters who are either swaggering pirates or possibly insane geniuses, and his latest film role suggests that he has no intention of dispelling that notion. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp has signed on to star in King Of The Jungle, a movie about McAfee Antivirus creator John McAfee. As people who follow the tech world are probably aware, McAfee went a bit, as THR puts it, ”Colonel Kurtz-like” when he decided to take all of his antivirus money, abandon civilization, and live in a jungle paradise full of “guns, sex, and madness.”

The movie is based on a Wired magazine article, “John McAfee’s Last Stand” by Joshua Davis, and will tell the story of McAfee AntiVirus creator John McAfee, who notably moved to a compound in the jungles of Belize, where he lived a life filled with guns and sex (and yes, as said above, madness). The story kicks off when a Wired reporter accepts an assignment to interview McAfee, only to realize he’s becoming a part of the tech magnate’s escalating paranoia and slippery grip on reality, not to mention murder.

The film will be produced by Condé Nast’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler; Zaftig’s Charlie Gogolak, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and Epic’s Joshua Davis. MadRiver’s Marc Butan and Epic’s Joshuah Bearman will executive produce.

Johnny Depp will next be seen returning as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, hitting theaters on May 26. He is also playing Dr. Griffin in The Invisible Man, Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 and Russell Poole in LAbyrinth. He is also starring as Ratchett in the upcoming remake Murder on the Orient Express, which hits theaters this fall. Hopefully we'll have more on King of the Jungle soon.