God bless public domain laws for bestowing the wonderful gift of Sherlock Holmes on the 21st century. Freed from the estate of original author Arthur Conan Doyle, everyone and their dog has had a turn at riffing on the detective and bff Dr. Watson. 

Still, for every steely-eyed Benedict Cumberbatch, there is an equal and opposite Johnny Depp. Now, it’s been announced that Depp will be voicing the titular character in the animated feature Sherlock Gnomes.

It’s a ridiculous premise, until you remember the dude already has a pretty strong track record of playing total opium fiends.

Step Aside, Benedict: Johnny Depp Will Be The Voice Of ‘Sherlock Gnomes’

We could leave this article here, as the concept itself may actually be too perfect to diminish by, you know, making the film. Then again, when James McAvoy and Emily Blunt are also signed on to the project, anything is possible.

The sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo and Juliet will totally sweep up at the Academy Awards be helmed by Kung-Fu Panda director John Stevenson, which only adds another utterly baffling layer of legitimacy to the project. 

It’s scheduled for release in early 2018. Until then, reacquaint yourself with the cinematic masterpiece that was Gnomeo and Juliet, and imagine those two coming to none other than Edward Scissorhands for help.

What a world we live in. 

 

 

Story via Deadline. 
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