SAN JUAN – Actor Amaury Nolasco, featured in the Fox Television series “Prison Break,” arrived in his native Puerto Rico on Wednesday to join the cast of “The Rum Diary,” a film starring Johnny Depp.
Nolasco said in a press release that he felt “doubly happy” about the chance to combine business with pleasure.
“The Rum Diary” is based on the book of the same name by late “gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson, recounting his experiences living in Puerto Rico in the 1950s.
Shooting on the movie is set to begin next Monday on the Caribbean island.
Depp also portrayed Thompson in the 1998 film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” with Puerto Rico’s Benicio del Toro as his co-star.
Nolasco joins a cast that includes Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins and Gavin Houston.
“None of them will leave Puerto Rico without a little piece of our flavor,” Nolasco said of his colleagues.
Directed by Bruce Robinson, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Killing Fields,” the new film is being produced by Depp, Christi Dembrowski and Graham King, whose credits include “The Departed,” “The Aviator” and “Gangs of New York.” EFE