No news, but fyi, Depp Lovers reposted an earlier article (it may have been from the same source as above) about this film. Some on twitter and the Zone are speculating that Johnny's recent appearance at the Savoy in London may have been related to this film. I guess we'll see......
Seems like this post should be here, rather than Daily News.
I wonder what role? I have been looking at the book and there seem to be minimal options. The lead is the Magistrate which will be played by Mark Rylance. There are two other roles, Warrent Officer Mandel, described as buff, blue eyed and blond hair, young, "sent to replace the magistrate’s position after the magistrate has been charged with treason (consorting with the barbarians). The magistrate describes Mandel as highly affected and self-conscious, and as putting great effort into expressing his authority in order to mask his more boyish and delicate sensibilities." And, Colonel Joll, "commandeering and overbearing in his authority, and brutal and apathetic in his torture tactics—embodies the opposite of the magistrate’s character. Joll is fully convinced that the barbarians are plotting to attack and undermine the Empire." (quotes taken from Lit Charts) Joll is also described as the book's antagonist. He is an older man, described as sinister, always wearing black sunglasses and traveling in a black coach.
So then, Colonel Joll? (I hope -- don't let me down here Hollywood types -- too many likely roles smashed and vacated, too many books read and characters lovingly obsessed on, don't disappoint me again.)
There's a small mention of Waiting For the Barbarians (and Johnny as a participant) in this Indiewire article about the director, Ciro Guerra, and his entry of another film, Birds Of Passage, as an official Foreign Language entry for the Oscars.