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In a move that unfortunately—or thankfully, depending on your thoughts on Mortdecai—will not require the respected thespian-turned-mustache aficionado to put on his best Alabama accent, Johnny Depp has reportedly signed on as one of the producers of an upcoming drama series based on the music documentary Muscle Shoals. The 2013 documentary told the story of producer Rick Hall and his FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the unlikely setting for the recording of classic ‘60s and ‘70s hits like “I’ll Take You There” and “Brown Sugar,” developing a unique musical sensibility that became known as the “Muscle Shoals sound.”

As for how all this fits into a fictional drama series, Variety says the show will “go behind the music” to tell the story of the town by “exploring the rich and vast milieu of the segregated South through colorful characters, cultural and political history and Southern gothic settings.” The series is being produced by Depp’s Infinitum Nihil along with Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced, opening up the possibility of the super-rich duo to make a cameo as a pair of backwoods brothers with knee-length beards at some point.

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