Is Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary Next for Johnny Depp?
According to a casting sheet sent over to TheBadandUgly.com, Johnny Depp's next acting project will be that of The Rum Diary after he finishes playing The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. The project is based on a Hunter S. Thompson novel where Depp will play Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean, known as The Rum Diary. The project has been in development for a while, with Bruce Robinson (of The Killing Fields and Jennifer Eight ) set to write and direct with a tentative start date of March.
According to the casting sheet sent over, which details their search for a leading lady to play romantic interest Chenault, this is the plot synopsis: "1960: Divorced alcoholic and struggling novelist Paul Kemp decides to kick around San Juan until his ship comes in, working as a journalist for a daily newspaper that’s on its last legs, drinking gallons of rum and experimenting with LSD. With his new friend Bob Sala by his side, he becomes entangled in a corrupt hotel development scheme with a slick PR consultant named Sanderson, and falls in love with Sanderson’s unattainable girlfriend, Chenault…" Sound interesting?
For those looking to find out more information on this Hunter S. Thompson tale, you can either head over to Wikipedia or pick up the book that this is based on at Amazon. The character of Paul Kemp is one of the many alter egos of Hunter S. Thompson. Previously, Depp took on the role as Raoul Duke in another Hunter S. Thompson movie in 1998 - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Apparently the casting agent in charge is partial to Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johannson for the role of Chenault. Although I don't know much about this story, I'm loving the concept and idea and would definitely love to see Depp take this on.