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Big Disney Movie News: More Depp, Pirates, and Treasure

It’s been a couple days of big news on the Walt Disney Company movie front. First Johnny Depp confirmed he has at least three films for Disney in his future. First he’ll be doing voice and motion capture acting work for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film. Depp will play the Mad Hatter, sure it’s type casting, but hey, Depp is perfect for the role, so why not. The second film announced was that Depp would play Tonto in Disney’s The Lone Ranger. Depp’s part Cherokee, in case you were wondering. Perhaps the biggest news (although we’d mentioned it much earlier on TDB) is that Depp will indeed be back for a 4th Pirates Of The Caribbean. No news on date or plot. But fountain of youth had been mentioned as a destination before.

In news from our friends at Pixar, some more details have leaked regarding the “John Carter Of Mars” project being helmed by Nemo and Wall-e director Andrew Stanton. Reportedly the film will mix live action and animation as they journey to Barsoom. Sci-Fi Wire has more.

One more voice actor has been added to Walt Disney Animation Studios hand-animatted feature film “The Princess and the Frog”. Oprah Winfrey will come on board and voice Eudora the mother of the main character Princess Tiana.

Finally, reports that Disney’s Dick Cook, Actor Nicolas Cage, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have confirmed that the popular National Treasure movie will come back with a third edition. There’s no word on what treasure they’ll pursue this time, but expect to find out sometime in the fall of 2010.