Johnny Depp in line to play lead in Houdini movie

Johnny Depp is in talks to star as Harry Houdini in a new movie.

The actor could be set to take on the role of the famous magician in The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero which is directed by Dean Parisot.

Well, that’s a title and a half!

The movie is based on the book by William Kalush and Larry Sloman, and looks at Houdini as more of an Indiana Jones character who is an investigator of the world of the occult.

Lionsgate want to start filming the movie in November this year, which would mean pushing the production of the next Pirates of the Caribbean flick – which Johnny is set to star in – to early 2015 at the least.