Javier Bardem And Penélope Cruz On For Escobar

Charting the rise of the drug lord


by James White |
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What is it about infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar that keeps filmmakers hooked on his story? He certainly led an interesting life, and now yet another movie will be made about him, this time starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz{ =nofollow}.

Writer/director Fernando León de Aranoa is on board to adapt the script from Virginia Vallejo’s 2008 memoir Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar, with Aranoa also directing the biopic.

The film, called Escobar, will see Bardem playing the man himself in a story that charts his days in the Medellin and Cali cartels, his dealings with dictators and the growth of the cocaine industry. Cruz is set to play Vallejo, who had a relationship with him and testified on some of his actions during a 2008 investigation into the 1985 Palace of Justice siege, which left 100 people dead. This is yet another project backed by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and the rights will be on sale at the Cannes film market.

Bardem has worked on Sean Penn’s new directorial effort The Last Face and is playing Captain Salazar in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which will be out here on July 7, 2017. Cruz appears in Julio Medem’s **Ma Ma **and has roles in Zoolander 2 (out February 12 next year) and Grimsby (which follows it on March 4).

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