Director: Bruce Robinson
Stars: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi, Amaury Nolasco
Release Date: October 28
Why we’re excited: We’d like to tack on an addendum to our recent list of ways Johnny Depp can get his swag back: No. 11, Star in a movie that features a topless Amber Heard.

And, what do you know, Johnny Depp suddenly has his swag back. It’s only temporary, however, since the first trailer for his second trip in the mind of Hunter S. Thompson (the first being 1998’s Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas) isn’t a slam dunk. If The Rum Diary doesn’t prove to be livelier and more astute than its preview, Depp's descent into the land of shattered credibility will continue, following a negative trajectory most recently aided by the uninspired cash grab known as Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

With The Rum Diary, Depp has the right material for a positive swing. Based on Thompson’s 1959 novel (published in 1998), director Bruce Robinson’s adaptation finds Depp playing a downbeat journalist who spends his time in Puerto Rico drinking booze and obsessing over a hot little blonde number (Heard) who’s already claimed by another man. It’s a role that’s nicely suited to Depp’s goofy comedic sensibilities, but so is Captain Jack Sparrow, and 240 million bucks’ worth (how sad) of domestic filmgoers saw how that turned out this year.

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