First Look: Benicio del Toro as Pablo Escobar in 'Paradise Lost' Drama
Though several films featuring drug cartel mastermind Pablo Escobar have been gestating for years, a more unique feature utilizing the real life criminal is getting off the ground first. Paradise Lost takes an interesting angle on Escobar (played by Benicio del Toro), using him as a tangential figure to the main story. The plot surrounds Nick (Josh Hutcherson), a surfer who visits his brother in Colombia and falls in love with a gorgeous local girl named Maria. But the couple's romance is disrupted when Nick discovers that Pablo Escobar is Maria's uncle. Now we have our first look at del Toro as Escobar, and it's perfect. Look!
Paradise Lost marks the feature directorial and writing debut of actor Andrea di Stefano (Nine, Eat Pray Love). Young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) thinks all his dreams have come true when he goes to visit his brother in Columbia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches he falls madly in love with a beautiful Colombian girl called Maria. It all seems perfect until he meets her uncle, one Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro). The film is currently in post-production, and while an official release date isn't set yet, the film is expected sometime in 2014, and might even hit the film festival circuit as well. Cool?