Universal Studio's Argentine arm has tweeted a new still from Oliver Stone's Savages, a first look at a film that we're plenty intrigued about. It's a crime drama that will hopefully mark a return to form for a director who, even his greatest fans would cede, has been a little off the boil lately.
Adapted from Don Winslow's novel, Savages follows two low-scale marijuana growers — uni grad Ben (Aaron Johnson) and ex-Navy SEAL Chon (Taylor Kitsch) — and their attempts to rescue their (shared) girlfriend O (Blake Lively) from a Mexican drug cartel boasting the henchman power of Benicio Del Toro.
Throw into that heady mix Uma Thurman as O's mother and John Travolta as a DEA agent and you've got all the hallmarks of a film Kitsch recently described to Empire as "Pulp Fiction meets GoodFellas". If so, we're guessing that this scene either ends with a dance-off or Del Toro dangling in a frozen meat wagon. Click on the pic for a closer look.
"This is right in Stone's wheelhouse," Kitsch told us when we caught up with him at the John Carter junket. So would the finished Savages be a Hard-R Stone experience? "It's gotta be," Kitsch said, "Uma Thurman and John Travolta wouldn't sign up for anything wishy-washy."
Check back from more from Kitsch on the film next week. Savages is out on September 28.