Johnny Depp is in the running to play the iconic role of Gomez Addams in the new rebooted Netflix series of The Addams Family.

Small Screen reports that sources close to Netflix have confirmed that filmmaker Tim Burton, who is behind the small-screen remake, has pal Depp in mind for the role.

Burton, 62, and Depp, 57, have worked closely with each other since the 90s, with the actor taking main roles in films such as Edward Scissorhands,  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Sweeny Todd and Alice In Wonderland.

And with Burton already confirmed to direct the new Netflix TV series, which is bringing the iconic characters back to life, he will likely get his way in casting Depp.

However, Gomez Addams is meant to be a Latino character and was played in the original movies by Raul Julia, so this could be a factor in Netflix opting to look in another direction.

Small Screen added that Tim Burton stated Depp would “do the role justice”, with their source saying: “It’s full steam ahead on Netflix’s The Addams Family.

“Tim Burton wants Johnny Depp to play Gomez Addams. He thinks he would do the role justice.”

Later down the line, the publication was approached by another source, claiming that Netflix “are the ones who have to be convinced” regarding the Hollywood actor taking the leading role.

Fans are very keen to see Depp in the role, with discussions taking place all over Twitter.

Many are tagging Netflix in their posts, with thousands of individual messages begging the streaming platform to give the actor a chance.

Things have been rather uncertain for Depp recently after he was asked to step down from the role of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 following the loss of his libel case against The Sun.

He’s since been replaced by Mads Mikkelsen, with fans claiming they will boycott the film as a result of Warner Bros. Pictures’ decision to replace Depp.

Eva Green is also rumoured to be starring as Morticia Addams, and she and Depp would be a great pairing.

It’ll be interesting to see if Netflix will listen to the fans and Burton’s wishes, that’s for sure.

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