Depp will play Paul Kemp, a freelance journo writing for a rundown newspaper in 1950s Puerto Rico and surrounded by a bunch of lost souls bent on self-destruction. The journo was 22 when he wrote the autobiographical novel and had yet to develop his trademark gonzo style. It was written in 1959 but not published until 1998.
Sweet! Never mind that Depp is a decade or so older than the Kemp character, the idea of him careening around Puerto Rico in full Thompson mode is sooo satisfying.