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Josh Hutcherson sure knows how to pick’em. First he falls for a rebellious teen who already has eyes for someone else in “The Hunger Games”, and how he’s falling for the niece of South America’s most infamous drug dealer, Pablo Escobar.
Hutcherson has signed on to star in “Paradise Lost” for Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano (“Life of Pi”), who is set to make his directorial debut on the movie. In the “fact-based” tale (loosely based, I’m sure), Hutcherson would play Nick, “a young Irish surfer who visits his brother in Colombia. There he meets the love of his life — until he meets her uncle Pablo.”
That would be Pablo Escobar, the cocaine trafficker who at one point in the ’80s nearly single-handedly supplied junkies in the United States with his product.
Benicio Del Toro, last seen knee-deep in the drug trade in Oliver Stone’s “Savages”, will play the notorious Escobar in the film. There have been a lot of Escobar-based movie in the works, but this looks like the first one that’s finally going to get made. Ironically, it won’t even be entirely about Escobar.
Hutcherson is currently shooting the sequel to “Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire”, with another sequel set for next year.
The film is set to shoot next March in Panama.
Via : Deadline