This article doesn't say, but according to IMDb, it's already filming. I am guessing that a large part of the film doesn't require Johnny. I think that the Malta press claims that the film will be shooting in Malta in Feb. or March, and that Johnny will be part of those portions. (And it's quite possible that LAbyrinth will be done by then, since originally it was only going to film through Jan.) So I guess we'll see how it really shakes out
I saw an article over on the Zone posted by Emma (an interview with Judi Dench- Johnny is "heaven" ) that mentions that filming for Orient Express is over. I forgot to go to the link or remember where it was from, but indeed, the IMDb page was updated yesterday, March 14, to "post-production" www.imdb.com/title/tt3402236/
Another one down-- next up, finishing Sherlock Gnomes (if it's not done already) and then Beasts 2 in August?
Some Orient XP footage was shown at CinemaCon today (hey, when do WE get to see this??? ) Sounds fun:
"It opens with Ridley, Dench and Leslie Odom, Jr. sitting in the cafeteria wagon of the Orient Express. It’s lavish and beautiful and full of elegance, and the trailer soon skips to Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer making eyes at each other in the hallway of the train. However, the train soon comes to a screeching halt as it becomes evident there has been a murder on the train — and of course, everyone claims they are innocent.
The OrientXP release has been moved up 2 weeks to Nov. 10 (from Nov. 22). Thanks Theresa from the Zone for the news- looks like they want to give the movie a bit more Oscar potential with the earlier release