Johnny Depp returns to Hunter S. Thompson territory in 'The Rum Diary,' but not as the drug-raddled mess he was in the hallucinogenic 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.' In a new still from 'The Rum Diary,' he looks calm, cool and collected as an American ex-pat living in 1950s Puerto Rico.

Depp is seen putting the moves on Amber Heard, whose character is dating one of his friends, played by Aaron Eckhart. (Honestly, we thought that was Scarlett Johansson rocking that retro 'do on first glimpse.)

Bruce Robinson, director of the '80s British cult hit 'Withnail & I,' directs from the Thompson novel, which was written in 1959 but not published until 1998.

Richard Jenkins, Michael Rispoli and Giovanni Ribisi co-star in the film, which opens October 28. Read the synopsis after the jump.
Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson which initiated his long, distinguished and brilliantly unpredictable career, 'The Rum Diary' tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, the San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Jenkins).

Adopting the rum-soaked life of the late-'50s version of Hemingway's "The Lost Generation," Paul soon becomes increasingly obsessed with Chenault (Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Eckhart), a businessman involved in shady property development deals."
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[via ComingSoon]

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