New actors including “Jurassic Park” actor Jeff Goldblum, "The Big C" actor Oliver Platt, and Aubrey Plaza of the TV series “Parks and Recreation” have been added to the film adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli’s “Mortdecai” series, according to Deadline.
The “Mortdecai” books, which were originally released in the 1970s, center on art dealer Charlie Mortdecai and his adventures with his servant, Jock, which include entanglements with the police, art theft, and more. The series consists of the novels “Don’t Point That Thing At Me,” “After You with the Pistol,” and “Something Nasty in the Woodshed.”
It had already been announced that actors Johnny Depp (who is reportedly starring as Charlie), Ewan McGregor, and Gwyneth Paltrow were on board for the project. According to the website IndieWire, actors Olivia Munn of “The Newsroom” and Paul Bettany of “Margin Call” have also signed on for the project.
Besides the original three books, the novel “The Great Mustache Mystery,” which was started by Bonfiglioli, was completed by writer Craig Brown and released in 1999.
McGregor recently appeared in another literary adaptation, this year’s film “August: Osage County,” which was based on the play of the same name by Tracy Letts. Meanwhile, Depp is reportedly starring in the film “Alice in Wonderland 2,” based on author Lewis Carroll’s work, and has long been rumored to be involved with a remake of the “Thin Man” films, which were based on the short stories by Dashiell Hammett and which originally starred actors William Powell and Myrna Loy.