Pair add punch to 'Rum'


Aaron Eckhart and Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins will hit the sauce in "Rum Diary," the adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson novel that stars Johnny Depp.

Eckhart is in negotiations while Jenkins is signed on for the movie, which Bruce Robinson adapted and is directing. Amber Heard also is on board.

Eckhart is part of a love triangle that sees him vying with Depp for Heard's affection. "Rum" is the tale of a washed-up, hard-drinking journalist named Paul Kemp (Depp) in 1950s Puerto Rico. Eckhart would play Sanderson, a wealthy landowner who believes everything has a price and introduces Kemp to a different standard of living.

Jenkins is playing Lotterman, the man who oversees the rundown newspaper where Kemp works.

The project, which Depp, Christi Dembrowski and Graham King are producing, begins shooting March 30 in Puerto Rico. "Rum" is a production of King's GK Films and Depp's Infinitum Nihil.

Also producing is Film Engine, with A.J. Dix, Anthony Rhulen and William Shively attached alongside Robert Kravis and Greg Shapiro. GK Films is preselling at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Eckhart, who played Harvey Dent/Two-Face in "The Dark Knight," also is attached to star in "Battle: Los Angeles," a sci-fi actioner from Columbia Pictures, director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Neal Moritz.

The CAA-repped actor next stars opposite Jennifer Aniston in "Traveling."

Gersh-repped Jenkins, nominated for the best actor Oscar for "The Visitor," recently signed on for a stint in Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's mystery-shrouded horror project "Cabin in the Woods" for MGM/UA. He also is repped by Bill Treusch. (partialdiff)