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.