The Rum Diary Next for Johnny Depp?

ON

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.

Depp previously starred in the big screen adaptation of Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

The casting call is for Chenault, the love interest in “The Rum Diary,” and you can read more details here!