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Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek & Olivia Wilde Circle Oliver Stone's 'Savages'; Jennifer Lawrence Out

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 19, 2011 5:05 AM
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The allure of the tentpole has snatched Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence into tween fandom and out of a much more interesting (though less lucrative) project. Deadline reveals -- and recent reports have hinted -- that Jennifer Lawrence has dropped out of Oliver Stone's drug cartel thriller "Savages." However, a host of new names have popped up for the film as it moves toward its summer production start.

Taylor Kitsch is looking to boost his rising status as he is in talks to potentially join Aaron Johnson as one of the two pot growers -- Ben and Chon -- who square off against a Mexican drug cartel when their shared girlfriend O is kidnapped and held for ransom. While Lawrence was previously tapped for the role of O, Olivia Wilde is now being tossed into the mix as a possible replacement, though it seems she is just one of many actresses Stone is looking at for the part. Meanwhile, Salma Hayek is being eyed to play the matriarch of the cartel who takes a motherly interest in O. Still no word on Benicio Del Toro, who in very early reports was being sought for the role of an enforcer for the cartel.

While we're definitely bummed Lawrence is now out, there is a whole raft of rising young actresses to choose from and Stone will likely be getting a lot of phone calls from agents. So don't be surprised to hear of more names entering the mix. We like the pairing of Johnson and Kitsch, and it's certainly nice to see Hayek circling her first role of substance in years.

Production on "Savages" is aiming to start in June.

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  • I think you are all stupid. | April 5, 2011 9:06 AMReply


  • Ivich | March 20, 2011 11:51 AMReply

    Evan Rachel Wood, anyone?

  • susan | March 20, 2011 2:02 AMReply

    Paz de la huerta - shes tough and funny

  • Scott Mendelson | March 20, 2011 2:02 AMReply

    "The allure of the tentpole has snatched Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence into tween fandom and out of a much more interesting (though less lucrative) project."

    Really? Not to be needlessly harsh, but maybe it was the quality of the respective roles. Maybe it was the allure of being the lead heroine in a three-part film series instead of playing (according to the synopsis) the token love interest whose only purpose is be held hostage for much of the film? In her shoes, I'd take Hunger Games over playing the equivalent of Marion in a reworked version of Double Dragon as well.

  • Alex | March 19, 2011 10:32 AMReply

    Or Emma Stone. That would be great casting.

  • Alex | March 19, 2011 10:16 AMReply

    I think Abbie Cornish would be great in this role. It seems like a cross between her sexy, drugged up character from Candy meets her Texan character from Stop-Loss.

    Olivia Wilde peaked on the OC.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | March 19, 2011 6:50 AMReply

    Oops, mental slip. They're not brothers.

  • Brad Milne | March 19, 2011 6:41 AMReply

    Hello Kevin,

    I am just curious if you have actually read the book, because in the book they are not brothers. However I realize that with scripts there are definitely some changes, is this the case with the Savages script?

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