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Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson are back together in the first trailer for The Rum Diary

Aug. 26, 2011by:

THE RUM DIARY has been a loooong time coming - it was shot back in 2009 while development began long before that - but we're now finally seeing the best sign of life: a trailer!

Based on one of the early but only recently published novels by Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), the film adaptation brings on Johnny Depp as freelance journalist 'Paul Kemp' - a sort of Thompson analogue - as he searches for a story out in the Caribbean (sans pirates) while encountering interesting characters in the forms of Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins, and Giovanni Ribisi.

THE RUM DIARY opens October 28th.

Synopsis: Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) is a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction.

Extra Tidbit: Delays this long aren't usually a good sign, but maybe this one will be an exception?

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12:49AM on 09/02/2011
I'm all over this. Finally Johnny Depp being Johnny Depp again. AFT.
I'm all over this. Finally Johnny Depp being Johnny Depp again. AFT.
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12:07AM on 08/27/2011
amber heard and a bottle of rum, i'm in
amber heard and a bottle of rum, i'm in
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6:20PM on 08/26/2011

Wow

I'll be honest, I've been getting worried since it's taken so long for this movie to find financing and it has Johnny Depp in it for christs sakes. But this trailer actually looks.... GOOD!

Hope the movie will do the book justice.
I'll be honest, I've been getting worried since it's taken so long for this movie to find financing and it has Johnny Depp in it for christs sakes. But this trailer actually looks.... GOOD!

Hope the movie will do the book justice.
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3:20PM on 08/26/2011
They changed A LOT from the book, but I'm still hoping for the best.
They changed A LOT from the book, but I'm still hoping for the best.
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2:07PM on 08/26/2011

Looks Good

I've got "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas", and I thought it was an excellent movie. The trailer for this flick shows promise.
I've got "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas", and I thought it was an excellent movie. The trailer for this flick shows promise.
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2:05PM on 08/26/2011

I hope its good

This trailer looks awesome but it has been long delayed and Hollywood has perfected the art of making shitty movies look enticing via a trailer, so the jury is still out.
This trailer looks awesome but it has been long delayed and Hollywood has perfected the art of making shitty movies look enticing via a trailer, so the jury is still out.
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1:28PM on 08/26/2011
This has been one of my Must See films of the year, and the trailer didn't disappoint. Looks good and I am actually glad that Fear and Loathing isn't being replicated in this. While I enjoyed the film, it is one of a kind and am not really up for seeing a duplicate of that film. This looks good though. It will be nice to seeing Depp come back to a more down to earth role (as opposed to his last couple).
This has been one of my Must See films of the year, and the trailer didn't disappoint. Looks good and I am actually glad that Fear and Loathing isn't being replicated in this. While I enjoyed the film, it is one of a kind and am not really up for seeing a duplicate of that film. This looks good though. It will be nice to seeing Depp come back to a more down to earth role (as opposed to his last couple).
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12:43PM on 08/26/2011

looking forward to this but

misleading article titles like this? tisk tisk shame on you, you tricked 80% of the people that clicked on this into thinking he would be returning to the F&L role with that title you sly bastard ;)
misleading article titles like this? tisk tisk shame on you, you tricked 80% of the people that clicked on this into thinking he would be returning to the F&L role with that title you sly bastard ;)
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12:06PM on 08/26/2011

Yeah, why the hell would they have delayed this?

I feel like so much time has passed since it was supposed to come out that I started just losing faith and interest, fast. But this trailer has pulled me out of that lifeless, studio-controlled void.

Can't wait. This looks great.
I feel like so much time has passed since it was supposed to come out that I started just losing faith and interest, fast. But this trailer has pulled me out of that lifeless, studio-controlled void.

Can't wait. This looks great.
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8:43AM on 08/26/2011
First Pirates of the Caribbean and now this. Depp is so deep in the Rum Industry's back pocket he's finding lint.
First Pirates of the Caribbean and now this. Depp is so deep in the Rum Industry's back pocket he's finding lint.
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8:36AM on 08/26/2011
looks pretty good. Some of the jokes had a Wes Anderson feel to them but they were funny bits.
looks pretty good. Some of the jokes had a Wes Anderson feel to them but they were funny bits.
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8:08AM on 08/26/2011
Please be as hilarious and awesome as it looks!
Please be as hilarious and awesome as it looks!
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7:07AM on 08/26/2011
This looks like the kind of film that made me a fan of Johnny Depp. Not his big-budget crapfests. Looks good!
This looks like the kind of film that made me a fan of Johnny Depp. Not his big-budget crapfests. Looks good!
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6:17AM on 08/26/2011

meh

Feels like Fear and Loathing... without the humor
Feels like Fear and Loathing... without the humor
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