Benico del Toro is in final negotiations to play Colombian cocaine trafficker Pablo Escobar in a romance thriller called Paradise Lost. Del Toro is the perfect choice to take on Escobar in a film. I always thought that if they ever made a movie based on Escobar he would be the guy to do it, so it's great to see that he's going to play him.
Variety explains that the film is inspired by true events, and that the story centers on Nick, "a young surfer who visits his brother in Colombia and falls madly in love with a beautiful local girl named Maria. Their romance seems idyllic until he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar."
Life of Pi writer Andrea di Stefano wrote the script for the film and will be directing it as well. The movie is not a Pablo Escobar biopic, but producer Dimitri Rassam explains that it "will have a narrative structure in the vein of 'The Last King of Scotland,' weaving Nick and Maria's romance with Nick's ambivalent and destructive relationship with Escobar."
I'm looking forward to seeing Del Toro's performance in the movie.