Depp Takes On "The Rum Diary"
After playing the role of an extremely drunk Captain Jack Sparrow, often induced by rum (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy), Johnny Depp has chosen to take on The Rum Diary. While not the swashbuckling action plot seen in Pirates of the Caribbean, The Rum Diary gives Depp the opportunity to revisit some personal history.
Depp was first cast for the role of Thompson in The Rum Diary back in 2000, when the casting list called for Nick Nolte to co-star with Johnny. The story line revolved around a journalist's tale of adventure as he travels from New York to a newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
For unknown reasons, the movie never got off the ground, and again in 2002 attempts were made to revive the movie. However, neither Nolte nor Depp were involved with this attempt, having been replaced by Benicio Del Toro and Josh Harnett.
By teaming up with co-producer Graham King (The Departed), who had purchased the rights to the script, Depp has been able to breathe new life in to the project. With the addition of Withnail as the director, The Rum Diary is now expected to begin production as soon as Depp finishes his current movie, Shantaram, an international film in which he co-stars with Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.