Johnny Depp is considering an offer to star in two forthcoming Pee-Wee Herman movies, playing the legendary kids’ character in Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Movie
Paul Reubens, who played Pee-Wee in TV shows and films until 1990, has completed two scripts he hopes to bring to the big screen in 2009. Until now, Reubens planned to reprise the role himself, but admits he has spoken to Johnny Depp about taking on the part instead. Reubens says, “(He said) Let me think about it.”
Besides appearing together in 2001’s Blow, the two actors are also linked through director Tim Burton – one of regular Depp-collaborator Burton’s first films was 1985’s Pee-Wee Herman’s Big Adventure and most recently Depp stars in Burton’s newest film Sweeney Todd. (Check out the trailer HERE) I wonder if Burton will direct this one too.
I don’t think the movie needs to happen, but I think Depp can pull it off. Look what he did for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He’s good at playing those eerily creepy kids characters. I can’t really picture him doing that famous Pee-Wee laugh though, that may take some practice.