Variety is reporting that Johnny Depp is set to lead the voice cast of Puffins, a mobile-first short form animated series from Italy’s Iervolino Entertainment, whom Depp previously worked with on the upcoming film Waiting for the Barbarians [watch the new trailer here].
As per the trade, Puffins will follow a group of cute birds who are the servants of a wily walrus called Otto. Depp is set to lend his voice to one of the birds, Johnny Puff, in the series, which will consist of 250 five-minute episodes.
“We’re so happy to reunite with Johnny for a second project,” said Iervolino Entertainment’s Andrea Iervolino. “Experiencing a new and avant-garde project like this short series, alongside Johnny, has given me even more conviction to champion experimental genre and format fusions,” he noted. “I am beyond grateful that Johnny has shown belief in the project … sharing his thoughtful artistic ideas that are providing real added value to the Puffins universe.”
Depp has plenty of experience in voice work, having featured in movies such as Corpse Bride, Rango and Sherlock Gnomes, several Pirates of the Caribbean video games, as well as making guest appearances in the TV series King of the Hill, SpongeBob SquarePants and Family Guy.