Cast and crew updates for THE RUM DIARY

Giovanni Ribisi will be joining Johnny Depp in Bruce Robinson’s film, The Rum Diary, currently shooting in Puerto Rico. Ribisi previously worked with JD in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, due in theaters on July 1st; according to Variety, Ribisi will play “a carousing journalist” (is there any other kind?). Also joining the cast is Amaury Nolasco, familiar to Zone readers from his role in the TV series Prison Break. Nolasco, a native of Puerto Rico, told the press that he is “doubly happy” to be cast since he will be coming home. Thanks to FANtasticJD and Emma for the casting news; you can read more on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Director of Photography for The Rum Diary is the always-brilliant Dariusz Wolski, who shot the entire Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, as well as Tim Burton’s most recent films, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland. Two-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood is designing the costumes; she has previously worked on five Johnny Depp films (Public Enemies, Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, and Edward Scissorhands). –Part-Time Poet

BREAKING NEWS–First photos of Johnny Depp filming THE RUM DIARY!

That’s Johnny Depp in costume as Paul Kemp in Bruce Robinson’s film of The Rum Diary–credit Oscar-winning designer Colleen Atwood for the beautiful Kennedyesque look. To get catapulted back into the 1960 world of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, simply look at the larger version of this picture available on People’s website, which shows JD (as Paul Kemp) riding in co-star Aaron Eckhart’s gorgeous red convertible, identified by Zone sleuths as a 1960 Austin-Healy 3000 MkI/BT7. To see the photo, CLICK HERE.

You can read a lively discussion of Johnny Depp’s look as Paul Kemp on the Zone’s Pit forum. Thanks to FANtasticJD, Chocolat and her husband for identifying the Austin-Healy–that’s fine detective work. And congratulations to Johnny Depp, Bruce Robinson, and the cast and crew of The Rum Diary–may good fortune smile on you as you begin your journey. –Part-Time Poet