THE RUM DIARY, starring Johnny Depp, searches for its leading lady

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

BREAKING NEWS–Johnny Depp presents Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globes

Receiving a very warm welcome from the audience, Johnny Depp took the stage at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards tonight to present the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical–an honor due him as last year’s winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for his role as Sweeney Todd. (Ah, tradition.) Johnny’s appearance was short but sweet: he announced the nominees and then graciously gave the Golden Globe to Sally Hawkins of Happy-Go-Lucky,

who was overwhelmed with emotion at her win and dissolved in tears several times during her acceptance speech. To see a larger version of our photo of JD at the microphone, CLICK HERE, and to see a screencap of JD with winner Sally Hawkins, CLICK HERE.

The Zone thanks FANtasticJD for the screencaps–that’s quick work, FAN! You can read more about the Golden Globes on the Zone’s Pit forum. –Part-Time Poet