Pre-production on The Rum Diary is heating up: a casting notice has just gone out for the film’s female lead, Chenault. Here’s the story line as given on the casting notice: “1960: Divorced alcoholic and struggling novelist PAUL KEMP [Johnny Depp] decides to kick around San Juan until his ship comes in, working as a journalist for a daily newspaper that’s on its last legs, drinking gallons of rum and experimenting with LSD. With his new friend BOB SALA by his side, he becomes entangled in a corrupt hotel development scheme with a slick PR consultant named SANDERSON, and falls in love with Sanderson’s unattainable girlfriend, CHENAULT. . . “
As for Chenault herself, here’s the official description of the role: “A beautiful, 25 year old, translucent vision from Connecticut, with a killer smile and a wry, enigmatic personality, she wears barely-there sarongs, sunbathes nude, and oozes sexuality in everything she does. She enchants and mesmerizes Kemp from the moment they meet: while both escaping a tedious, high-end party. Chenault is dating and possibly engaged to Sanderson, but clearly feels an attraction to Kemp. She’s a daredevil who loves to dance and drive fast. She gets into big trouble with a lust-crazed, violent crowd during Carnival in St. Thomas. .. LEAD. This role contains nudity.” Actresses, call your agents!
The Rum Diary is based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson. The film will be produced by GK Films and Infinitum Nihil, and will be directed by Bruce Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay. Shooting is scheduled to begin in March.
The Zone thanks Emma for sharing the casting notice; you can read more about The Rum Diary on the Zone’s News & Views forum. –Part-Time Poet