Johnny Depp in ‘The Rum Diary’: First Official Stills

Johnny Depp is looking pretty shady these days. But in a totally great way.

The first official images from Depp’s upcoming film The Rum Diary have been released, showcasing the Pirates of the Caribbean actor in all his retro finery.

Based on the novel by deceased gonzo great Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary tells the story of young freelance journalist Paul Kemp, who takes a job at a Puerto Rican newspaper that’s on the verge of collapse, and follows him as his life wanders down a path of boozy chaos, romantic compilations, and professional ruin.

A longtime friend of Thompson’s, Depp previously starred in 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas, based on Thompson’s classic 1972 book of the same name.

The Rum Diary co-stars Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi and Amber Heard, and is slated for a late 2010 release.

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