Johnny Depp Delving Back Into Hunter S. Thompson's Mind

January 13, 2009

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A casting announcement from TheBadandUgly has hinted that Johnny Depp's next role may take him to 1950s Puerto Rico for an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary. From ComingSoon:

First announced in May of 2005, could The Rum Diary finally be moving forward with Johnny Depp starring?

TheBadandUgly.com has received a casting announcement that suggests the Hunter S. Thompson adaptation will be Depp's next, as it lists a March 2009 start date. Depp will play Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist writing for a rundown newspaper in 1950s Puerto Rico and surrounded by a bunch of lost souls bent on self-destruction. Bruce Robinson wrote the screenplay and will direct.

This will be Depp's first time starring in a Thompson adaptation since 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the first time I'll be watching a Depp-starring Thompson adaptation somewhere other than a dorm room. I bet it will look and smell so different.

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