Speaking with Long Island Newsday in a general interview about his career, Long mentioned that he is currently shooting Tusk and that “Johnny Depp is in that one.”
A quick check of his Facebook page and Twitter feeds shows that Smith hasn’t confirmed the news although last fall he hinted that he had landed a rather big name for the cast of the film, but wouldn’t divulge whom it was.
HE'S IN!!! HE'S IN!!!!!! #WalrusYes (More info when I can share it. Just needed to mark the highlight of my career for future reference…)
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) September 4, 2013
Reportedly, Depp’s and Simth’s daughters go to the same school and the two met while working on some charity events.
Smith is producing the film on a microbudget, in total far less than what Depp usually commands for his services in a big budget tentpole. But Depp has been known to cut his normal quote for projects that he finds interesting and given that when Depp goes off the beaten path he usually finds himself in projects that are well worth checking out. As if Smith dabbling outside of straight-up comedy isn’t worth investigating just on its own.