Benicio del Toro is in final negotiations to play the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in a new movie titled Paradise Lost, reports Variety. The Puerto Rican actor is no stranger to playing controversial and iconic roles , including that of Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Steven Soderbergh's Che.
"[Del Toro is] one of the rare actors with enough charisma and range to play such a multi-faceted character as Escobar, who could be wonderfully charming yet dangerous and menacing," Dimitri Rassam, who will be producing Paradise Lost, told Variety.
Inspired by true events, the story focuses around a young surfer who visits his brother in Colombia and falls in love with a girl named Maria. The romance and the surfer's life take a spin, however, after he meets her uncle, Escobar.
For more than 20 years, Escobar led the Cartel de Medellin which terrorized Colombia, until he was killed by Colombian soldiers in 1993. His production and distribution of cocain was estimated to be a 9 billion dollar fortune that cost more than 4,000 lives.
The 11-week shoot will start in March in Panama. Italian actor-turned-director Andrea di Stefano, who most recently starred in Life of Pi. He wrote the script for Paradise Lost, and it will be his directorial debut.
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