If you’re tired of seeing Johnny Depp sell his soul for virtually every Disney blockbuster in development nowadays, you just might be interested in the very first trailer for The Rum Diary, which finds him returning to ’90s territory to star in another Hunter S. Thompson adaptation. The Rum Diary was known for many years as Thompson’s “long lost” novel until it was finally published in 1998. It is another pseudo-autobiographical tale of sex, booze and violence about a journalist who moves from New York to Puerto Rico to write for a run-down newspaper.
Although technically this is a different character, Depp is clearly reprising his manic role from Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is a lot of fun to watch. While this might not be another instant classic without someone like Gilliam at the helm, Bruce Robinson previously directed Withnail & I and How to Get Ahead in Advertising so he’s clearly no slouch either. The Rum Diary co-stars Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins, and hits theatres on Oct. 28th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.