Trade Breaks: Depp, Elric, Cadillac

“Johnny Depp is lined up to play murdered Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in Warner Bros. film version of his life according to his widow at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend. Michael Mann is being tipped as a likely director…” full details)

“Chris Weitz (“The Golden Compass”) and brother Paul Weitz (“American Pie,” “About a Boy”) will adapt Michael Moorcock’s “Elric” saga. Elric is physically weak, perpetually sickly albino who’s the outcast Emperor of a race of cruel, ancient decadent people…” (full details)

“Darnell Martin (“Their Eyes Were Watching God”) will direct and write Sony BMG’s “Cadillac Records.” Pic, set in the Chicago music world of the 1950s populated by the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Elvis Presley, is produced by Sofia Sondervan and Andrew Lack. Casting is under way, with shooting to start later this year…” (full details)