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Johnny Depp to star as Dr. Seuss in new biopic

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After portraying real-life authors J.M. Barrie and Hunter S. Thompson (twice) on the big screen, Johnny Depp is setting his sights on one of the most famous children’s authors of all time. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Depp is set to star in an upcoming movie as Theodor Geisel, the man better known as Dr. Seuss.

As THR points out, it’s almost too perfect a fit. Depp has portrayed a series of colorful characters on screen, from The Mad Hatter to Willy Wonka, so it doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch for him to portray the iconic Dr. Seuss. Interestingly enough, Depp has never acted in one of the many adaptations of Seuss’s work.

The movie will be a live action biopic, but apparently production companies Infinitum Nihil and Illumination aren’t ruling out “animated bells and whistles.” It won’t be quite as extreme as “Alice in Wonderland” was, but it sounds like they’re aiming somewhere along the lines of “Finding Neverland.”

The untitled Seuss film will be distributed by Universal Pictures, though there hasn’t been an announced start date yet. Universal has a good relationship with the Seuss estate. The company previously produced “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Cat in the Hat,” and has teamed up with Illumination to create an animated adaptation of “The Lorax,” out next year.

Hopefully Depp ends up having some fun with the role, and the Seuss biopic doesn’t take itself too seriously. Geisel had an interesting life cut too short by throat cancer in 1991, but if the producers behind the film are thinking some animation might be in order, our fingers are crossed that they’ll focus on the children’s book-writing aspect of his career. And then oh, the places they’ll go.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

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Lane 69: Filthy Cars

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Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

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Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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