Hugo producer Graham King sent Depp the manuscript for the ambitious new movie before he even had a cast and the two old friends decided to work on the film together.
King tells CinemaBlend.com, "When I first got the manuscript of the book, I sent it to Johnny... He read it and loved it, and I said, 'Let's make this together.'
"There's a role that's not in the movie now that was in the script that he was going to play, a very small role. But we just didn't have the time to do it with the schedule. He was actually across the street shooting Pirates 4."