'The Professor': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about Johnny Depp's next

Depp plays Richard, a professor who throws caution to the wind after realizing that he doesn't have much time after a terminal diagnosis


                            'The Professor': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about Johnny Depp's next

Johnny Depp has never failed with characters who have stretched the definition of what a human being can be. As the lovable pirate Jack Sparrow, Alice's favorite accomplice the Mad Hatter, the synthetic man with scissor hands Edward Scissorhands, and as the sensitive owner of a chocolate factory, Willy Wonka, the actor has made them all work no matter how fantastical the premise.

After a long time, the actor is returning with a role that can be considered normal by conservative standards, but since this Depp there is obviously a twist. Originally titled as 'Richard Says Goodbye', Depp is set to star as an utterly bored college professor, Richard, in Saban Films' upcoming movie, 'The Professor'.

Here's everything you might want to know about the movie set for release in May:

Johnny Depp appears in his most human character ever. (IMDb)

 

Release date

'The Professor' had its world premiere at the Zurich Film Festival on October 5, 2018, and is scheduled to be released in theatres on May 17, 2019.

Plot

Richard is a world-weary college professor who is given a life-changing terminal diagnosis, following which he decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible coupled a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak, and a touch of madness.

Deciding to live his life to the fullest after realising that he doesn't have much time left,  he indulges in every vice possible - drinking, smoking, carnality, and hurling blunt insults at anyone who annoys him. As the clock ticks to his end, he comes to terms with the great truth of his life and learns to embrace all the people he hurt and whom he loves deep in his heart. Awakening his inner good spirit to wisdom, principle, and good love above all else.

'The Professor' deals with Richard who radicalizes teaching in his last minutes. (IMDb)

 

Cast

Johnny Depp plays the lead Richard, who says goodbye to all inhibitions and rules, as he begins to smoke marijuana in the college campus where he teaches. Since it's Depp, it shouldn't come as a surprise that his character is all about breaking rules and standing out from the crowd since that is what he has been doing all along.

Afterall he has collaborated on nine films with director, producer and friend Tim Burton which includes 'Edward Scissorhands' (1990), 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993), 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (2005), and 'Alice in Wonderland' (2010). Alongside Depp Rosemarie DeWitt stars as Veronica, Zoey Deutch as Claire, and Danny Huston as Peter.

Johnny Depp and Rosemarie DeWitt in 'The Professor' (2018).

 

Director

Wayne Roberts might not be that famous name in the industry, but he rose to fame in 2016, with his French-American indie film, 'Katie Says Goodbye'.

The film had followed Katie, a kindhearted seventeen-year-old, who turns to prostitution to overcome poverty and fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco. It was Waynes' very first film as a student at NYU Tish School of the Arts. 'The Professor' will be his second feature. 

Trailers

The trailer introduces us to Richard who realizes he has barely a few months to live, and in his attempt to live life to the brim he crosses all boundaries including the limitations of his job as Professor.

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Speaking about marijuana smoking professors, you would want to check out the classic comedy 'Animal House' and its leading character Professor Dave Jennings, one of the most memorable cases of institutional boredom ever depicted in the movies.

Jennings' trademark view of Milton is quite noteworthy, "He’s a little bit long-winded, he doesn’t translate very well into our generation and his jokes are terrible.”

Similarly 'Higher Learning' brings to us Laurence Fishburne’s Professor Phipps who tries to break the prejudice around his students and teach them to stop viewing the world through a lens of racism. 

Jennings' views on Milton was pure gold. (IMDb)

 

You can also check out movies such as 'Mona Lisa Smile', 'The Paper Chase', and 'Diary of the Dead'.