By Jeff Labrecque
Updated March 29, 2011 at 05:36 PM EDT
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The Rum Diary, director Bruce Robinson’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, and Giovanni Ribisi, will be released by FilmDistrict on Oct. 28, 2011. FilmDistrict president Bob Berney made the announcement today at CinemaCon.

In the film, Depp plays itinerant 1950s journalist Paul Kemp, who flees the madness of New York for the relative calm of Puerto Rico, where he goes to work at a San Juan newspaper. Kemp soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman (Amber Heard) and her fiancée Sanderson (Eckhart), a businessman involved in shady property development deals.

“Hunter S. Thompson became close with Johnny Depp during the filming of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and showed Depp the unpublished manuscript for The Rum Diary,” says producer and FilmDistrict co-founder Graham King, in a statement. “I am extremely proud to bring this novel to film and to honor Hunter’s legacy.”

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