Johnny Depp is headed to Texas — and he's packing plenty of Rum
Adding mega star power to an impressive roster of guests already confirmed for the Austin Film Festival and Conference, actor Johnny Depp will been seen around the Keep It Weird city this weekend.
Depp's blockbuster career spans his stint in 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street, a four-season run onthe TV series 21 Jump Street and his starring role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the box-office-record-shattering Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
The Austin Film Festival will be presenting Depp with its first Extraordinary Contribution to Film - Acting award at the Awards Luncheon held at the Austin Club at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. At the same event, Depp will be presenting the Distinguished Screenwriter Award to winner Caroline Thompson, writer of such classic films as the Depp-starring Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The pair will join other award winners John Lasseter (Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking) and Hart Hanson (Outstanding Television Writer).
Depp will also be supporting his new film The Rum Diary (which co-stars the Austin-born Amber Heard), screening at the Paramount Theatre on Friday at 7 p.m. He will introduce the film and will participate in a post-film Q&A.
The film, based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel, tells the story of journalist Paul Kemp (Depp), who escapes New York for a job writing in Puerto Rico where his rum-assisted adventures lead him into a moral dilemma involving an American entrepreneur's (Aaron Eckhart) shady business dealings and the businessman's fiancée (Heard).
Following The Rum Diaries, Depp will be joined by Thompson for a special retrospective screening of Edward Scissorhands at 9:45 p.m. at the Paramount.