Actor to begin work on the project next week

Johnny Depp will direct a documentary on Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who served as an inspiration for Depp’s Jack Sparrow character in “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

A rep for Depp confirmed a recent report in the Serbian magazine Politika, in which he said he would begin work on the project next week. Depp and Richards have been friends for more than a decade. The guitar player also played Depp’s father in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

Depp last directed 1997′s “The Brave,” starring Marlon Brando. He’ll be seen next in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Richards agreed in 2007 to pen an autobiography to be published by Little, Brown & Co. in the U.S. and Weidenfeld & Nicolson in Britain in the fall of this year.

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