Depp’s “Rum Diary” Starts Soon

A casting announcement suggests that the adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Rum Diary” could be Johnny Depp’s next project says The Bad and the Ugly.

Depp will play Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist writing for a rundown newspaper in 1950s Puerto Rico and surrounded by a bunch of lost souls bent on self-destruction.

The announcement lists a March 2009 start of shooting date. Bruce Robinson penned and will direct the feature.