'Waiting for the Barbarians': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Johnny Depp-starrer drama

The film adaptation of JM Coetzee's novel of the same name will star Johnny Depp in yet another unrecognizable avatar


                            'Waiting for the Barbarians': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Johnny Depp-starrer drama
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Bringing Johnny Depp to the screen for the first time since 'Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald', the film adaptation of JM Coetzee's novel of the same name is finally about to get its grand opening this year. Much as the title suggests, the film will see Depp in the role of a vicious Colonel who wants to capture 'barbarians' beyond the frontier. Robert Pattinson also joins in a rather important role. Here's all you need to know about it.

Release date

After being announced and teased for a year, 'Waiting for Barbarians' is finally premiering on Video on Demand (VoD) on Friday, August 7.

Johnny Depp as Colonel Joll (IMDb)

Plot

Based on Coetzee's book, the plot will see the murderous Colonel Joll leading the expedition of special forces to capture 'barbarians' beyond the frontier. Those captured will later be tortured as punishment. Another officer, Mandel, is asked to replace the Magistrate accused of treason as he is assumed to have consorted with the barbarians. Stuck at a dilemma, Mandel has to choose as he is being promoted to a Magistrate — to go with what is right or to be loyal to the Empire as its citizen. Colonel Joll's influence on Mandel's decision and the role that the former Magistrate plays will form the crux of the film.

Cast

Depp leads the cast as the violent Colonel Joll. Depp has been otherwise in the limelight for his ongoing libel trial against The Sun, for calling him a 'wife beater' after ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic violence. His last on-screen appearance was in the 'Fantastic Beasts' movie. Pattinson plays the role of Mandel, the conflicted officer. The 'Twilight' actor will also be seen as Bruce Wayne turned titular Gotham vigilante in the upcoming 'The Batman' movie. Mark Rylance plays the role of the Magistrate. 

Robert Pattinson as Mandel (IMDb)

 

Creator

Directed by Ciro Guerra, the film is a classic depiction of the struggle between the oppressor and the oppressed. Guerra is a Colombian film director and screenwriter, best known for his 2015 film 'Embrace of the Serpent', nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

Trailer

Dusty, good desert landscapes, and unsuspected coups -- the trailer is everything one would expect it to be. Check it out here.

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