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    Default Johnny Depp to play bloodthirsty barber in Sweeney Todd film

    DEPP, BURTON SIGN ON FOR SWEENEY TODD
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    ---Actor Johnny Depp is set to take up the razors of the demon barber of
    Fleet Street in a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's dark musical
    Sweeney Todd .

    Depp will once again team up with director and frequent collaborator Tim
    Burton for the film, which will be based on the award-winning stage
    musical, movie studio DreamWorks announced Thursday.

    Tentatively set for release in late 2007, the film will star Depp as the
    murderous barber of the title, who after a long prison sentence returns
    to London for blood-soaked revenge against the judge who framed him.

    The new film will be Depp and Burton's sixth collaboration, after Edward
    Scissorhands , Ed Wood , Sleepy Hollow , Corpse Bride and Charlie and
    the Chocolate Factory .

    Murderous 19th century tale depicted on stage, screen

    The legend of Sweeney Todd has existed in British lore since the 19th
    century and has previously been depicted on both stage and screen.

    In 1979, Sondheim unveiled his musical version on Broadway, with Canadian
    actor Len Cariou and British actress Angela Lansbury starring as Todd and
    his meat pie-making accomplice, Mrs. Lovett.

    The production eventually won eight Tony Awards, including best musical,
    and best lead actor and actress for Cariou and Lansbury.

    An acclaimed, pared-down revival of Sweeney Todd , starring Michael
    Cerveris and Patti LuPone, opened on Broadway last November and is set to
    close Sept. 3.

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    Default Re: Johnny Depp to play bloodthirsty barber in Sweeney Tood film

    I already can't wait for this movie, I've been excited since I heard rumors about it.

    I've been listening to the Michael Cerveris/Patti Lupone revival from this year for the past few weeks. It's a fantastic reimagining.

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    Default Re: Johnny Depp to play bloodthirsty barber in Sweeney Todd film

    Have you seen the musical?

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    Default Re: Johnny Depp to play bloodthirsty barber in Sweeney Todd film

    Not onstage, I've seen parts of a filmed performance. The Tony performance of this revival was SO cool. I was really into the whole actors being the musicians aspect.

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    Yeah, it was neat.

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    Wow this movie's gonna ROCK! I can already tell.

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    I read that Johnny Depp was required to audition for Sondheim before he was allowed to play Sweeney Todd, so that makes me more excited. If Sondheim has that kind of control with the project it's going to be up to his (really high) standards

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    Is he gonna sing?

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