This poster could drive you to drink!
Johnny Depp is starring in The Rum Diary as Paul Kemp, a Hunter S. Thompson-esque character. Depp is no stranger to the Gonzo journalist. In 1998, he played Thompson in Terry Gilliam‘s adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Of course, this film has been a true passion project for Depp. It’s been years in the making, actually finished filming almost two years ago, and Hunter was one of Johnny’s closest friends before his death.
The Rum Diary also features Amber Heard, who might be the sexiest girl in Hollywood right now.
Of course, the big draw is Depp. Shockingly enough, the big star has been left off the movie poster.
The Rum Diary is based on Thompson’s first novel of the same name. It tells the story of Paul Kemp (Depp), a traveling journalist. Kemp is fed up with the New York life style and late Eisenhower-era America, so he takes off to Puerto Rico where he attempts to get a job at the local newspaper. While there he starts to mimic the Island’s behavior of drinking rum. He also runs into a woman (Heard) whom he becomes obsessed with, except she’s taken by one of the most powerful men on the Island, Sanderson (Eckhart). When Sanderson asks Kemp to write a piece in favor of his business, he’s left with a true journalists’ dilemma.
The Rum Diary starts taking shots on October 28.