Johnny Depp to Shoot New Movie, "The Rum Diary," in Puerto Rico

Johnny Depp is headed for la isla del encanto! The smoldering star will begin shooting his next film project, The Rum Diary—based on the book by deceased novelist Hunter S. Thompson—in Puerto Rico later this year, confirms Puerto Rico governor Luis Fortuño.

The Rum Diary movie, which has lingered in the development stages for years, is based on gonzo journalist Thompson's real-life experience as a 20-something reporter for a tabloid in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Benicio Del Toro was originally attached to direct the film all the way back in 2003, but he passed the reins to Bruce Robinson (Jennifer 8, How to Get Ahead in Advertising) two years later.

Rum marks the second time Depp plays a role based on Hunter S. Thompson's life; the first was 1998's Leaving Las Vegas, in which he co-starred with Del Toro. The two actors remained close friends with Thompson until his suicide in 2005.

Governor Fortuño said in a statement, "It pleases us to attract film productions such as The Rum Diary to Puerto, resulting in more jobs for our audiovisual technicians and actors."

To our Puerto Rican readers: if you spot an age-defyingly hot actor wearing a guayabera on the island anytime soon, send us a tip.