Johnny Depp to appear on Ricky Gervais sitcom

Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:56pm EDT

Actor Johnny Depp smiles at fans during a red carpet event to promote his movie ''The Tourist'' in Tokyo March 3, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Actor Johnny Depp smiles at fans during a red carpet event to promote his movie ''The Tourist'' in Tokyo March 3, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Yuriko Nakao

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - He was the butt of some controversial sparring at the Golden Globes for his role in "The Tourist," but Johnny Depp doesn't seem to have taken Ricky Gervais's high-profile ribbing to heart.

The star of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchises is confirmed to appear in Gervais's upcoming BBC2 sitcom "Life's Too Short," according to a post on Gervais's blog.

Depp will guest star in the comedy, which is expected to have a host of big name cameo spots, though Gervais used his "This Side of The Truth" blog to dismiss rumors that Jerry Seinfeld would also make a guest appearance.

"The Depp bit is true. The Seinfeld isn't," he wrote.

"Life's Too Short," which is being co-written by Gervais' longtime creative partner Stephen Merchant, will air on HBO as well as BBC2. It features the continuing adventures of diminutive star Warwick Davis who plays an egomaniac dwarf who runs a talent agency for other dwarves.

Meanwhile Gervais used his blog to confirm that he and Will Arnett will guest star in the hour-long final episode of "The Office," scheduled to air May 19 on NBC.