Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary Trailer Starring Johnny Depp

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.



  • Bryan

    This looks awesome. Nice to see Aaron Eckhart back on the big screen too.

  • Why is it the moment I saw Amber Heard’s name I knew there’d be nude scenes and multiple sex scenes in this? Oh, right.. I saw The Informers… heh

  • Pres Mony

    Disappointed with contemporary music choices for a film that takes place in the fifties, I hope that’s only in the trailer. Depp’s make-up looks weird. The book felt more like something from Elmore Leonard than HST.

  • swarez

    Depp’s make up?

    Yeah it is weird to throw in a modern hip hop song in to a fifties trailer and was completely out of whack but the rest was awesome.

  • Kurei Scott

    Looks abit too much like Fear and Loathing. Without any of Gilliam’s magic and weirdness, I’m interested to see how this will turn out. Though it does look a bit more ‘standard Hollywood’ than Gilliam’s efforts.

  • mark

    @ Kurei Scott

    I read the book, there really isn’t any room for weirdness, no drugs were in the book. Just drinking mostly.

  • Ray

    I’ve been looking forward to this, but was unimpressed with the trailer. Depp is a little to old for the character, and there is too much of a reliance on his previous outing as Hunter. It is Bruce Robinson though, so I’m still optimistic about it.

    Amber Head has to be the hottest lesbian ever

  • Logan

    Looks pretty sick, but the trailer is god awful, whoever chose to use Pitbull oughtta get bludgeoned with a bowling ball.