Theirs is an unlikely friendship, but actor Johnny Depp and Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan apparently have enough in common to maintain one.

Depp, of course, took part in MacGowan's 60th birthday celebrations at Dublin's National Concert Hall in 2018, and he even played guitar at MacGowan's wedding the same year.

Now, he's hopped on board a new documentary being made about the Irish musician.

Depp will serve as producer on the doc, which is being directed by Julien Temple - the man behind the likes of Glastonbury and The Filth and the Fury.

It's simply called 'Shane' and will feature a mix of animation, archive footage and interviews with family, friends and collaborators. It will eventually be shown on BBC4 in Ireland, after its cinema run.

Depp said: "Knowing Shane for 30 years, I am honoured to be producing the definitive film on both my friend and one of the most important artists and beloved poets of the twentieth century."

Temple, meanwhile, said: "It’s not the easiest thing to make a film about Shane MacGowan. The nearest thing I can think of is one of those David Attenborough films. You set the camera traps. You wait and you wait, in the hope that one day the snow leopard will trigger them.

"Then when you do actually capture the unique force of Shane’s personality, even for a moment on screen, you realise it was all worthwhile."