Eckhart, Jenkins Read From “Rum Diary”

Aaron Eckhart is in negotiations and Richard Jenkins is signed on to join Johnny Depp in the drama “Rum Diary” says The Hollywood Reporter.

An adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson novel, the story follows a washed-up, hard-drinking journalist named Paul Kemp (Depp) in 1950s Puerto Rico.

Eckhart would play Sanderson, a wealthy landowner who believes everything has a price and introduces Kemp to a different standard of living. The pair are soon caught up in a love triangle with a beautiful young woman (Amber Heard).

Jenkins is playing Lotterman, the man who oversees the rundown newspaper where Kemp works. Bruce Robinson adapted and is directing.

Depp, Christi Dembrowski and Graham King are producing, Filming begins March 30th in Puerto Rico.