I’ve been waiting for this one for a while and I got to say that it looks like the wait was worth it. Johnny Depp is back in full nutcase form in The Rum Diary. From the guy that wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes another wild and crazy tale that is just so fucking bizarre enough to be true!
I’m still trying to figure out why this film has been delayed for so long. I mean it stars a moneymaker, Johnny Depp, along with the always gorgeous Amber Heard, plus a number of great supporting stars like Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins.
The trailer looks really fun and I think the film will be great. It looks like just the right balance of comedy and crazy story. Anyone else excited to check it out?
The Rum Diary opens on October 28th, 2011.
Check out the trailer below, thanks to The Film Stage.
Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson, “The Rum Diary” tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen’s financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.