Based on the trailer.
For a while it looked as if Johnny Depp wouldn’t be able to make an appearance in the upcoming 21 Jump Street, an adaptation of the TV show that made him famous back in the 80s. Depp wanted to make an appearance but claimed nobody had asked him, but then rumor had it that Depp would indeed be making a cameo, because come on, the people making this movie aren’t stupid. If you’ve got Johnny Depp wanting to make a cameo, you give him a cameo, no matter what you’re making.
But now, according to Jake Johnson, the star of the new sitcom The New Girl who also has a role in 21 Jump Street, Depp’s appearance might be more than just a walk-on cameo. In fact, the role is so big that Johnson himself actually auditioned for it, and thought he had a good shot at getting it before his agent broke the news. Here’s how he explained it to The Today Show:
“It’s a really fun part and I went to my agent afterwards and I was like, ‘Hey man, I killed it!’ 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.'”
Johnson eventually got cast as the principal of the school where Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s undercover cop characters enroll, so it all ended pretty well. But now I’m really dying to know exactly how big a part Depp will play in the film, and how meta it might get given his history with the story. Are we looking at a Wedding Crashers kind of situation, where Depp is a washed-up iconic of the past who warns the new cops not to turn out like he did? Are we looking at a Tom Cruise-in-Tropic Thunder kind of silly performance? Or is Johnson just adding another layer of mystery on top of what’s really just a regular cameo? The movie hits theaters on March 16 next year, and if the people behind it are smart, they’ll keep this under wraps so we can all be properly surprised when the time comes.
Jonah Hill already announced via Tweeter over the weekend that his big-screen adaptation of the popular late 1980s/early ‘90s TV cop drama 21 Jump Street, has officially wrapped principal photography, and will hit theaters on March 16, 2012.
Today, it’s being reported that the film will be rated R, which may please some of you; though maybe it shouldn’t be a big surprise, since Hill previously said that it would be “an R-rated, insane, ‘Bad-Boys’-meets-John Hughes-type movie,” when the project was first announced last year.
And secondly, the film’s official synopsis has surfaced, and it reads:
“In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.”
The film stars, in addition to Hill and Tatum comedian DeRay Davis, Brie Larson and Ice Cube, and is being directed by the tag-team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs).
Ice Cube plays the Captain role, which was Steven Williams’ in the original TV series; Mr DeRay Davis will play a character named Domingo, a tattooed leader of a biker gang that doubles as a drug ring. Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson Peete are expected to make cameo appearances.
Hot on the high heels of “Bridesmaids,” thesp Ellie Kemper has landed a supporting role in Columbia Pictures’ action comedy “21 Jump Street.”
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as undercover cops working the high school beat. Kemper will play Ms. Griggs, an annoyingly sincere chemistry teacher who’s attracted to Tatum’s character and surprised when she discovers he’s not a real student.
Ice Cube and Brie Larson co-star alongside Rob Riggle, Dave Franco, Johnny Simmons, Dakota Johnson, Jake M. Johnson and DeRay Davis.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing from their own screenplay. Neal Moritz is producing, while Tatum and Hill are exec producing the pic, which is currently in production.
Back in the ’80s, when Johnny Depp was a TV heartthrob, Holly Robinson Peete was his ’21 Jump Street’ co-star, playing Officer Judy Hoffs. Monday on ‘The Talk’ (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), Peete talked about returning to ’21 Jump Street,’ but this time in the movie version, which stars Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Depp himself.
“I came back as Officer Judy Hoffs,” she said. “I brought the big hair with me, the ’80s hair with me.”
Peete said she had fun filming for one day in New Orleans with Tatum and Hill, but that fans shouldn’t expect too much screen time for Hoffs. “Don’t blink ’cause you might miss me,” she said. The movie version is expected to be released sometime next year.
A few weeks after Johnny Depp showed up in New Orleans to shoot a cameo for the “21 Jump Street” movie being shot in town, another original cast member from the late-’80s cop show is in town to shoot a scene.
Holly Robinson Peete, who played Officer Judy Hoffs in the TV show, announced her arrival in New Orleans today (June 10) through her Twitter account.
“Hey everybody – I am in New Orleans to shoot my lil cameo in 21 Jump Steet Movie today… about to get me a Po’Boy!,” she wrote.
As with Depp, it’s unclear if Robinson will play her original character in the film (seated front and center in the photo at left), or make a walk-on as another character.
The “21 Jump Street” movie will star Jonah Hill, who wrote the script, and Channing Tatum. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs“) are directing. The production wraps up its local shoot this month and is scheduled be released March 16, 2011, through Columbia Pictures.
Peete’s “21 Jump Street” cameo tops today’s Evening Edition, a regular roundup of recently Hollywood headlines.