Johnny Depp To Play Libertarian John McAfee In New Film

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King of the Jungle, a film based on when John McAfee, 2016 candidate for the Libertarian party, fled to Belize to avoid his many lawsuits, will have Johnny Depp, star of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger and Public Enemies, playing the Antivirus tycoon.

The movie will follow the 2012 Wired article where Joshua Davis visited McAfee and investigated the accusations that he started a private army and was involved in the drug trade. According to the software inventor, the story was entirely a fabrication and Davis explains “By 2009 he had sold almost everything he owned—estates in Hawaii, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas as well as his 10-passenger plane—and moved into the jungle. He announced that he was searching for natural antibiotics in the rain forest and constructed a mysterious laboratory on his property.”

Belizean authorities arrested McAfee for allegedly being involved in the murder of his neighbor, who describes it as “They shot my dog in front of eyes, destroyed a half million dollars worth of my property, subjected me to indignities, and arrested me on false charges which were dropped a few hours later.”

The McAfee film will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Recqua, who are behind the Bad Santa series, Crazy, Stupid, Love, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. It is being described as a dark comedy that explores the Libertarian’s paranoia and drug abuse.

The tech giant’s political career will unfortunately not be a part of the film, much to Austin Petersen’s disappointment:

Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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