Paramount Animation and MGM has recently cast Johnny Depp for the titular role in the upcoming CG animated film Sherlock Gnomes. The film is a sequel to CG animated indie sleeper hit Gnomeo and Juliet, which came from Elton John’s Rocket Pictures. Sherlock Gnolmes is scheduled for a January 12, 2018 release.
Depp will be joining returning cast members James McAvoy (Gnomeo) and Emily Blunt (Juliet) for the film, which focuses on a fictional London that is plagued by a mysterious string of garden gnome disappearances. The film has Gnomeo and Juliet contacting legendary sleuth Sherlock Gnomes for help on the case.
Sherlock Gnomes is being directed by John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) from a script by Ben Zazove (Rex Libris, Captain Planet). Producers include Gnomeo & Juliet’s Elton John, David Furnish and Steve Hamilton-Shaw, and former Disney head of production Carolyn Soper.