Los Angeles: Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp is in negotiations to play the lead role in `Mortdecai`, an adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli`s novels.
The movie adaptation is being directed by David Koepp while Eric Aronson is behind the script, Deadline Hollywood reported.
Depp would play the role of dashing art dealer and part-time rogue Charles Mortdecai, who must find a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
The actor is currently starring in Disney`s `The Lone Ranger` and is wrapping Wally Pfister`s directorial debut `Transcendence`.
Koepp and Depp worked together on `Secret Window` in 2004.