I just want to take a moment and get this out there.

Tim Burton picture image

Tim Burton

Quasimodo Rescues Esmeralda Illustration picture image

Quasimodo Rescues Esmeralda Illustration

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Josh Brolin







A few months ago it was announced that Tim Burton was rumored to be directing a new adaptaion of  The Hunchback of Notre Dame slated for 2013 and attach to this is actor Josh Brolin of such movies as Jonah Hex and  True Grit as Quasimodo. I was reading some of comments people left on the websites that announced this and mostly they were discussing how Johnny Depp was not playing the leading character in a Tim Burton movie. Unusual? Yes but does this mean that Johnny Depp will not be in the film?

Johnny Depp image picture

Johnny Depp

My guess he will. Let’s face it Quasimodo not exactly a Depp role, sure he played Ed Scissorhand but I can’t envision Depp as Quasimodo. However I could see him as Gringoire.    Gringoire is a poet and sometimes he used as a story-teller (as he more less is the voice for the writer) and more often than not he has been paired up with Esmeralda. I would predict that Johnny Depp will play Gringoire, I can see him as Frollo or Phoebus, however he could play Clopin. For Depp to Play Clopin it would depend of the direction of the film. Clopin is not actually a gypsy in the book but in the film Clopin takes on all of the leaders of the Court of Miracles, so sometimes he’s a Gypsy and sometimes he’s not. However I could see him as Clopin or Gringoire. Though I would lean towards Gringoire.

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Helena Bonham Carter

As for Helena Bonham Carter (another staple in a Burton movies), there is a lack of females in Hunchback of Notre Dame and it’s up to the film’s direction if they’ll have more than just Esmeralda. I wouldn’t cast Carter as Esmeralda or Fleur de Lys ( if Fleur de Lys is in this adaptation). Pending on film direction I would cast her as Sister Gudule, Esmeralda’s mother. However if the film doesn’t go for Esmeralda’s back story which I’ve only ever seen twice in adaptations, Carter will have some cameo of some sort maybe La Falourdel (the women who house Phoebus rents a room from in order to seduce Esmeralda).  In case I would predict her to be in the film is some capacity.

I hope they get someone who is more akin to Esmeralda in the book; someone who is not overtly sexy and  youthful, that would be refreshing to see.

Anyway these are all rumors and predictions, but I would love to hear what you think on this upcoming movie.


4 Thoughts on “Predictions for the upcoming Burton and Brolin Hunchback of Notre Dame movie

  1. Vivienne on 08/17/2013 at 10:07 pm said:

    I hope that Depp gets cast as Clopin. Maybe it’s just me, (and partially influenced by the fact that I watched both Disney’s HoND and Pirates of the Caribbean on the same day) but I think that would be amazing.

  2. Jaime on 03/18/2013 at 11:24 pm said:

    i hope this version to be closer as the book, i hope esmeralda would be beautiful young girl 17 or 16, like the fisic of disney’s esmeralda and the costume as Salma hayek’s one, the book describe her dress with many colors as the dress of Salma. i hope they would do an amazing job, i would pray to god that it won’t going to be bad

  3. JeanCocteau777 on 08/11/2011 at 11:35 am said:

    Incidentally, did you see The King’s Speech? Bonham Carter can play middle-aged when she wants to do so.

  4. JeanCocteau777 on 08/11/2011 at 11:33 am said:

    Haven’t seen a Tim Burton movie since he wrecked Sleepy Hollow. Though I still remember with fondness Ed Wood, Batman Returns, and Edward Scissorhands. Burton is fantastic when he directs his own material, but has a terrible record with diluting literary classics. Unless I hear rave reviews I think I will give this one a big skip.

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