If one has the opportunity to run into someone at least slightly interesting, in all likelihood they’ll reveal to you that one of their favorite movies is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
The movie has everything. So when news that the first novel by Hunter. S. Thompson was being adapted into a film fans rejoiced that Johnny Depp would be playing the lead character. Much like Fear and Loathing, the lead character is based on Hunter S. Thompson. The movie apparently was finished awhile back, but the release had been delayed for mysterious reasons. Some even speculated that the film might not be worthy of a wide theatrical release. Well today the trailer for the film debuted and it looks, at least from the trailer, the worries are unfounded. Not only is the film being released…but it’s being featured right in the middle of awards season.
Besides having an all-star cast, it features the quirkiness and idiosyncrasies of Hunter S. Thompson’s work.
The Rum Diary stars Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins. The film is written and directed by Bruce Robinson and is based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson. The Rum Diary is scheduled for release October 28, 2011.
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.