Bruce Robinson is writing and directing The Rum Diary, based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel, with Johnny Depp attached as the lead and Amber Heard as his slutty, er, free-spirited love interest. Just joining the cast is Richard Jenkins (as Depp’s boss at the newspaper), with Aaron Eckhart supposedly close to a deal.
“Eckhart would play the third element of the central love triangle, which also involves Depp and Heard. “Diary” is the tale of Paul Kemp (Depp), a washed-up, hard-drinking journalist in 1950s Puerto Rico. Eckhart would play Sanderson, a wealthy landowner who believes everything has a price and introduces Kemp to a different standard of living. [Yahoo]
Eckhart’s a perfect choice for Sanderson, a slick PR rep. Just look at that chin. I’d do anything it told me. What’s that, chin? Buy your detergent? Help stop gang violence? Make a skin suit out of the neighbor? Anything! I know you’d never steer me wrong! …You know what I’d do if I had that chin? Two chicks. Boosh.