By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 29, 2011 at 4:33AM
What darkness lurks beneath the happy smiling faces of soccer Moms? In Oliver Stone's "Savages," it's the residue of a former gangland life.
THR reports that Mia Maestro ("Frida," "The Motorocycle Diaries" and the upcoming "Fright Night" and "Twilight: Breaking Dawn") will hang off the arm of Benicio Del Toro as his tough and bitter better half in the upcoming thriller. Based on the best-selling crime novel by Don Winslow 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. Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch lead the cast with 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, Demian Bichir as a double-crossing attorney who represents Hayek’s cartel, Joel David Moore as a computer nerd and Emile Hirsch in an unnamed role.
Filming begins later this year, with a September 28, 2012 release date set.