Depp to reprise Fear and Loathing's Thompson

Johnny Depp, who played the gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, is to return to the character for The Rum Diaries, based on Thompson’s first novel.

Johnny Depp, who played the gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, is to return to the character for The Rum Diaries, based on Thompson’s first novel.

The semi-autobiographical story tells of Thompson’s exploits as a vagrant journalist in Puerto Rico, where he lived in a wooden beach shack.

It will be directed by Puerto Rican native, Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro, who appeared with Depp in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

Thompson plans his first visit back to the island in 40 years to act as a consultant on the film once shooting begins in December.

“I didn’t know Johnny Depp could act until he played me,” 66-year-old Thompson said.

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