Hunter S. Thompson fans were very pleased to see Johnny Depp once again play one of the late writer’s alter egos in the recently-released Rum Diary trailer. The film won’t be the unhinged trip that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was, but there will still be plenty of booze-fueled debauchery and anti-authoritative activity going on in writer/director Bruce Robinson’s adaptation.
A minute-long TV spot/trailer for The Rum Diary has popped up online – and while it basically boils down to a streamlined version of the official trailer, it’s still definitely worth a look.
On the other hand – Thompson’s original novel wasn’t published until over thirty years after he had written it, so the movie’s delay is pretty small by comparison.
Check out the official Rum Diary synopsis – followed by the new TV trailer – below:
Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, journalist Paul Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (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.
Depp remains as bankable a star as ever, though it seems an increasing number of people have started to tire of him either just playing Jack Sparrow or donning pale makeup and an elaborate costume to portray an oddball in Tim Burton’s newest film (see: Depp as Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows). The Rum Diary will see Depp return to his indie roots, relying more on his expressive acting style – and not an eye-catching outfit – to portray Paul Kemp. Hordes of moviegoers won’t turn out for the film, like they did for Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies or Alice in Wonderland, but Rum Diary looks to feature one of the actor’s most enthused performances (and fully-realized characters) in a while.
The Rum Diary will ride into U.S. theaters on October 28th, 2011.