Josh Hutcherson Joins Pablo Escobar Movie 'Paradise Lost' With Benicio Del Toro

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by Joe Cunningham
December 18, 2012 2:18 PM
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Is Josh Hutcherson the new Vincent Chase? The young actor, who has recently transitioned successfully to adult roles with strong showings in “The Kids Are All Right,” “The Hunger Games” and “Detention” among others, looks set to star in the upcoming Pablo Escobar film “Paradise Lost.” Fans of “Entourage” (yes, that show had fans) will remember that in the series their Pablo Escobar movie “Medellin” was an absolute clusterfuck, so fingers crossed for J-Hutch that this version doesn’t go the same way.

Although Hutcherson is in line for the lead role in the flick he won’t actually be playing Escobar himself, thankfully Benicio del Toro is also on board and will fill the infamous drug baron’s shoes. This will be a biopic more along the lines of something like “My Week With Marilyn,” where our lead character is the one through whom we get to meet the famous face. That character this time will be a young Irish surfer named Nick (Hutcherson) who meets the love of his life while visiting his brother in Colombia, but later discovers his new love’s uncle is in fact Escobar.

The film is set to start production in Panama in March and will be helmed by the Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano (“Nine,” “Life of Pi”) who will be making his directorial debut. Di Stefano also penned the script which is reportedly based on a true story. The film looks set to be Hutcherson’s next gig after wrapping photography on "The Hunger Games" sequel “Catching Fire,” and we’re desperately hoping that he sticks true to the original description of the character and tries an Irish accent. Who knows, maybe he’ll succeed where so many others have failed. [Deadline]

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5 Comments

  • Turtle | January 8, 2013 1:49 PMReply

    "Fans of “Entourage” (yes, that show had fans)" What the fuck?

  • Vince | January 3, 2013 12:16 AMReply

    Fuck you you retarded son of a bitch Entourage is a great show with a HUGE following 1000x bigger than yours. Entourage is one of the highest rated tv shows over the last 10 years for a reason and your no more than a low life sumbag whose jealous that they get more publicity than him.

  • Ari Gold | December 19, 2012 10:51 AMReply

    Well,thats like,your opinion man.
    Not realy.FUCK YOU.
    Entourage is the real wolfpack.not some shitty hangover or something. If you have problem with this series,it's your problem

  • Doug | December 18, 2012 5:11 PMReply

    "Fans of “Entourage” (yes, that show had fans."

    - Entourage had a large following (for good reason) than you will ever have. Don't insult something just because you're upset about your situation as a tabloid blogger.

  • TC Kirkham | December 18, 2012 4:28 PMReply

    I love Josh, and he was PNR's #1 Male Rising Star honoree in 2010, but I fail to see how you can consider him transitioning to "adult" roles, when he played teenagers in all three of those films you mentioned...just a thought :-)

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