Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big  Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders Watch: Oscar Isaac And Jessica Chastain Are At War In First Trailer For 'A Most Violent Year' Watch: Oscar Isaac And Jessica Chastain Are At War In First Trailer For 'A Most Violent Year' Review: 'The Maze Runner' Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter And More Review: 'The Maze Runner' Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter And More Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 2 ‘The Good Listener’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 2 ‘The Good Listener’ The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

'Che' Star Demian Bichir Joins All-Star Cast For Oliver Stone's Crime Flick 'Savages'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com June 10, 2011 at 12:30PM

Prequel Novel Also In The WorksIt's fair to say that Oliver Stone has been off his game for a while. Recent output varies from the workmanlike ("World Trade Center") to the disappointing ("W") to the disastrous ("Alexander"), and we're not sure we've unreservedly loved one of his films since 1995's "Nixon." But as our retrospective from last year proved, Stone has produced enough great work in his time that we'll always root for him, and his latest picture, "Savages," is shaping up to be his most promising in decades.
0

Prequel Novel Also In The Works



It's fair to say that Oliver Stone has been off his game for a while. Recent output varies from the workmanlike ("World Trade Center") to the disappointing ("W") to the disastrous ("Alexander"), and we're not sure we've unreservedly loved one of his films since 1995's "Nixon." But as our retrospective from last year proved, Stone has produced enough great work in his time that we'll always root for him, and his latest picture, "Savages," is shaping up to be his most promising in decades.

Based on the best-selling crime novel by Don Winslow (whose "The Winter of Frankie Machine" also attracted the attention of Michael Mann, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro), with a script by Winslow, Stone and Shane Salerno, the plot follows a pair of Laguna Beach drug dealers forced to work for a Mexican cartel after the girl they share is kidnapped. Universal are backing the project, and Stone's assembled a mouth-watering cast, including Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch as the leads, Blake Lively as the girl, Uma Thurman as her mother, Salma Hayek as the leader of the cartel, Benicio Del Toro as her main enforcer, John Travolta as a burnt-out DEA agent and Emile Hirsch in an unnamed role. Now, one other performer has joined them, and while perhaps not as big a name as the others, he's a terrific actor all the same.

Variety report that Mexican actor Demian Bichir, best known for his electric performance as Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh's "Che," and for a supporting role opposite Mary-Louise Parker in Showtime's "Weeds," has joined the cast as Alex, a double-crossing attorney who represents Hayek's cartel. Bichir's picking up some mild awards buzz for his performance as an illegal immigrant in Chris Weitz's "A Better Life," which hits in a couple of weeks, so it's clearly the start of even greater things for the actor.

And if the film's a success, it may not be the last we see of the characters: Deadline reported earlier in the week that, after an idea from Salerno, Don Winslow is currently writing a prequel novel to "Savages," which will focus more on the relationship between Kitsch, Johnson and Lively's characters, as well as bringing in characters from the writer's other works, like 'Frankie Machine' and "The Power of the Dog." Winslow's currently writing it, and it's likely to be published alongside the film next year. If the movie is a hit, it's entirely conceivable that the currently untitled book could make its way to the screens down the line as well. Of course, Stone has to pull it off first: production begins on July 6th, and Universal will release "Savages" sometime in 2012.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Savages, Demian Bichir


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates