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Oscar Isaac Drops Out Of 'The Ballad Of Pablo Escobar', But John Leguizamo Might Replace Him

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by Oliver Lyttelton
August 12, 2013 11:05 AM
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One thing we're really excited to see over the next year or so is the blooming of Oscar Isaac into a full-blown movie star. The actor's been stealing the show for a few years now in films like "Body Of Lies," "Robin Hood," "Drive" and "The Bourne Legacy," but looks ready to move to the next stage up; he's tipped for awards for his lead role in the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" (read our review from Cannes here), and he's got a number of other lead roles on the way, including "Therese," "The Two Faces Of January" and "Ex Machina."

In fact, Isaac's busy enough that he's been forced to drop a project he had on his slate. Back in May, Isaac was announced as playing legendary drug dealer Pablo Escobar in a then-untitled project written by Black List veteran Matt Aldrich, set to be directed by "The Lincoln Lawyer" helmer Brad Furman. The good news, via Latino Review, is that the film is still ticking forward, now titled "The Ballad Of Pablo Escobar," and planning to shoot next month in Colombia. The bad is that Isaac is out of the project for unknown reasons.

Furman & co haven't been hanging around when it comes to finding a replacement, though. Apparently, "Elysium" star Wagner Moura was at one point lined up to take over, but he's no longer in the running. Now, according to the site, John Leguizamo is one of two names in contention to the part, with the actor (who appears in "Kick Ass 2" this week) even posting evidence of a prosthetic-aided screen test on his Twitter account.

It's a little surprising that Leguizamo is considered a name big enough to carry financing for something like this, but maybe there are some bigger co-stars lined up for the project. Whether Leguizamo or the other party get it, it's in something of a race: Benicio Del Toro is playing Escobar in the upcoming "Paradise Lost," while Netflix are developing a TV series about the dealer with "Elite Squad" director Jose Padilha, and Antoine Fuqua has a project brewing too. But with "The Ballad Of Pablo Escobar" planning to shoot in September, we'll likely hear about casting on this one sooner rather than later.


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  • Angelica osorio | December 17, 2013 1:04 AMReply

    Ya vieron el extraño video que aparecio en youtube donde un psiquico se comunica durante 1 hora con el mismisimo espiritu de Pablo Escobar donde cuenta los autores intelectuales del asesinato de Galan, su relacion con Alvaro Uribe, sus caletas ocultas, mejor dicho esuchenla completa porque dura 1 hora. La encuentran como: Entrevista al Espiritu de Pablo Escobar
    en youtube

  • Rodney Berry | September 10, 2013 9:42 AMReply

    Again hollyhood is making a hero of murders, the many people who died from the drugs brought in by this man is sick, the lives destroyed the families desolved, but he is a man who helped us track down odrama ben hidden, its sick! To view undeniable evidence that our Lord now ends all fools who believe they can kill so they can stay warm with money, go to the websites now mentioned in past yahoo/facebook/livescience commentary now copied and pasted below... It has Begun ...
    Our Lord's science has proved His mystery and instead His children of Science deny Him while reaping the benefits of His delivered Knowledge! For evidence that He and He alone brought forth Science go to the Proof in the news and science page, and the Targum page and the Proof of His healing in painting and verse page on the website at google search of Adam and Eve seed gathering Ministry!

    Also on the Prophecy and the Signs page are the prewritten news events of this day prewritten three years ago and some more, and are now falling each week, such as the Japan quake and tidal wave, and the DC/Virginia Beach Virginia quake our Lord Jesus the Great scientist/physician brought on the same day as the unveiling of the martin luther king statue { with as we speak more quakes are coming to DC/V.Beach } also the record disturbances on the Suns surface all prophecy before their taking place so all of Science and Theology will know the Minister of the site is sent John 13:20 and a Righteous man! Many other signs listed there have come and are coming for this sounding to Science of God's Mystery being now finished by Science Revelation 10:7 for other proofs contact the minister for questions or more answers! Also go to the site at Adam and Eve in Action blog at google search, and therein are videos and links and pages of undeniable evidence that our Lord now prepares His earth for His retaking of it Matthew 5:5 and 25:34 Rev:5:10 and 21:3-4.... Respect to all scientists of Adam/God's seed/of Science/Nasa

  • Alan B | August 13, 2013 4:35 AMReply

    Christ, I am so over this blog's obsession with whether or not an indie actor is a film star. Is Felicity Jones a film star? Is she not? If she isn't, there is no "buzz" to her career then and it's effectively over right? Isn't it good enough that people like Isaac and Jones have done strong work, what is the need for every niche actor to "break out" into an A-lister?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 12, 2013 5:48 PMReply

    I'll wait for Del Toro.

  • CB | August 12, 2013 11:26 AMReply

    Maybe he is boarding David Yates' Scarface remake?

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