Josh Brolin to Replace Sean Penn in "Cartel"

Josh Brolin is set to replace Sean Penn as the star of the Asger Leth-directed drama Cartel. Leth will be making his feature directing debut with Cartel. He previously directed the critically acclaimed 2006 documentary Ghosts of Cite Soleil. The film will begin shooting January in Mexico City.

Sean Penn was going to star in the film, but he left the project in June to take a break from acting for personal reasons.

Cartel was inspired by the 1993 Italian film "La scorta," which told the story of four police officers trying to guard a special prosecutor bringing mob bosses to justice. Brolin's character is a man on a mission to protect his child after his wife is violently murdered by the Mexican drug cartels.

Brolin just finished filming Jonah Hex with Megan Fox. Up next for the actor is the Oliver Stone-directed Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, costarring Shia LaBeouf.