Johnny Depp is being lined up to play Michael Jackson in a film about the Pop Idol's life.

Hollywood studios are reportedly considering asking the 'Public Enemies' actor to star in a new biopic about the 'Thriller' singer, who died of a suspected cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home last week.

'Ray' star Jamie Foxx is also reportedly being considered to play the pop icon before his skin turned white.

An insider said: "There are a number of offers being drawn up with a variety of angles to tell Michael's incredible life story. Some involve using archive footage of Michael and his family and footage from his live shows.

"A couple would even have an actor cast to play Michael. Jamie Foxx has been mentioned, as has Johnny Depp. It all depends on how his family decide to honour him."

Despite the plans, Johnny insists he hasn't been approached about any Michael Jackson project.

He said: "No no no, I never ever thought of playing Michael Jackson in a film, I think if anyone should play Michael Jackson in a film it should've been Michael Jackson."