Scorsese's "Departed" co-star Ray Winstone has also been added to the impressive ensemble, along with Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory ("The Special Relationship"), Frances de la Tour ("Alice in Wonderlad") and Richard Griffiths ("The History Boys").
The live-action adventure stars Oscar winner Ben Kingsley, Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen, "Kick-Ass" crime fighter Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield ("The Boy in the Striped Pajamas") as the titular orphan.
John Logan's screenplay is adapted from Brian Selznick's best-selling 2007 novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." The story follows a young boy who lives a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station, where he gets caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that threatens to put all of his secrets in jeopardy.
Scorsese, King and Logan previously pooled their talents for "The Aviator," which was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning five. "Hugo Cabret" reunites the Oscar-winning filmmaker with several of his longtime collaborators including director of photography Robert Richardson, production designer Dante Ferretti, costume designer Sandy Powell, casting director Ellen Lewis and editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
Scorsese recently directed "Shutter Island" and the pilot for HBO's highly anticipated new series "Boardwalk Empire." He's also directed upcoming documentaries about Elia Kazan, George Harrison and the writer Fran Lebowitz.
Logan is also behind the screenplay of GK Films' animated feature "Rango," starring "Hugo Cabret" producer Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski, who previously worked with the actor on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy.
"Hugo Cabret" will be Scorsese's first 3D undertaking. Production began today in London, and Sony Pictures is scheduled to release the film in December 2011.