Academy award winner Benicio Del Toro is set to play King of Cocaine Pablo Escobar.
According to Variety, Paradise Lost will primarily depict a romance between Nick, a young surfer and a woman named Maria he meets in Colombia. Maria will just so happen to be the niece of the man whose drug empire brutalized the South American country for a quarter century.
Producer Dmitri Rassam says the film will:
“…have a narrative structure in the vein of The Last King of Scotland, weaving Nick and Maria’s romance with Nick’s ambivalent and destructive relationship with Escobar”.
Having read and enjoyed “Killing Pablo”, by Mark Bowden, I still hope that Joe Carnahan’s (The Grey) script based on that book will make it to the big screen. In the meantime I hope that the young lovers of Paradise Lost spend plenty of time at her Uncle’s place.
The film will begin shooting in Panama in March.