Johnny Depp in Talks to Play Harry Houdini

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Actor Johnny Depp poses on arrival for the Los Angeles Premiere of the film 'Transcendence' on April 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The film opens nationwide on April 18. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp is in talks with Lionsgate to play famed magician Harry Houdini. But he won't just be escaping from straitjackets and handcuffs. The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero (based on a book of the same title) posits Houdini as "an investigator of the world of the the occult." Turns out Depp's Houdini could be the best weapon we have against witches. Or the Illuminati.