Colin Farrell for Don Quixote

Colin Farrell tipped to take over for Johnny Depp in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Colin Farrell may replace Johnny Depp in Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Gilliam attempted to make the film in 2000 with Depp playing advertising executive Tony Grisoni, abandoning the project due to various on-set disasters – but earlier this year signed up producers to try again.

The director revealed last week that due to various other work commitments Depp has told him to go ahead without him – and Farrell is rumoured to be the most likely candidate to take on the role, with a source telling The Daily Express: “Terry is a fan of Colin and it’s felt he’s one of the few people capable of filling Johnny’s shoes.”

Depp played a modern-day advertising executive transported back to the 17th century in the ambitious project but a freak storm washed away the set in Spain.

Lead actor Jean Rochefort also had to pull out after suffering a herniated disc, and along with budgetary constraints, Gilliam was forced to abandon the original film and release the documentary of disasters, Lost In La Mancha instead.