Look, we're not saying Johnny Depp isn't capable of giving great performances. We all know he is. But this is already a film about Harry Houdini as a secret agent investing the occult. And the part is described as "part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes." So we are saying that the same guy who gave us Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka, and Tonto might not be able to resist that description.
The movie is apparently called The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero. Let that sink in, too. It's based on the novel by William Kalush and Larry Sloman and is being directed by director Dean Parisot (Red 2).