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Jennifer Lawrence Just Cast in Oliver Stone's 'Savages' Adaptation

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February 10, 2011
Source: Deadline

Savages / Jennifer Lawrence

If seeing her sexy transformation into Mystique in the fresh new trailer for X-Men: First Class isn't enough to fill your desire for more Jennifer Lawrence, then this is right up your alley. Deadline reports that the actress nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Winter's Bone is set to star in Savages, an adaptation of the Don Winslow novel of the same name. Director Oliver Stone is already sitting in the director's chair for the story of a love triangle between two marijuana growers and a beautiful young female accomplice. But things get complicated when drug cartel thugs kidnap the girl and hold her for ransom.

Here's the official synopsis of Don Winslow's complicated story of love and drugs as told in Savages:

The future is looking good for Laguna Beach, Calif., marijuana growers Ben and Chon, until they receive an ominous e-mail from the Baja Cartel. Attached is a photograph showing the decapitated bodies of other independent drug dealers. The message is clear: sell your product through us or else. Ben and Chon try to resist, but matters escalate after cartel thugs abduct Ophelia, the guys' beautiful young playmate and accomplice, and hold her for a cool million ransom. Meanwhile, Elena "La Reina" Sanchez Lauter, the leader of the Baja Cartel, must deal with rival drug gangs and potential overthrow from within. Ben and Chon propose a trade that Elena can't refuse, setting the stage for the violent and utterly satisfying ending. Winslow's encyclopedic knowledge of the border drug trade lends authenticity.

In addition to Lawrence, apparently Oliver Stone has been meeting with other A-list actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Aaron Johnson, Tom Hardy, James Franco and Garrett Hedlund to play Ben or Chon. Meanwhile, the director has also been trying to line-up Benicio Del Toro to play a Mexican drug cartel enforcer who give the two leads a run for their money and their drugs. Sounds like Stone has the potential to put together one hell of a cast to make up for the rather lackluster presentation of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Even if money never sleeps, I had a hard time staying awake in Stone's bland sequel. But this new drug cartel thriller is a great story with a potentially great cast that I can get behind. How about you?

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  • guest
    Amazing book. I've been waiting to hear about a movie of this since the first time I read it.
  • Sounds good! Jennifer Lawrence is stellar, she was great in Winter's Bone! I agree w/ you about Wall Street 2....boring as fuck.
  • Tile Time
    The book was the worst I read this year. The one paragraph synopsis of the story is compelling. Sadly, the description is also the entire story. I love all the actors being considered - I hope Oliver Stone aborts this piece of garbage and uses them for something more worthy.

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