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First Look: Benicio del Toro as Pablo Escobar in 'Paradise Lost' Drama

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July 2, 2013
Source: Pathe

Paradise Lost

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!

Here's the first look at Andrea di Stefano's Paradise Lost from Pathe (via Bleeding Cool):

Paradise Lost

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?

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  • Sky
    Sounds interesting, i've liked Josh Hutcherson since Zathura, and well of Course we've all been waiting for Benicio to play Escobar
  • Perry Pijnenburg
    Looks better than Vincent Chase as Escobar.
    • Chiroptera Exsanguination
      Medellin was a masterpiece okay?
  • DAVIDPD
    Modern day Robin Hood.
    • asd
      How ignorant are you? The man was a drug dealing murderer. Take it from someone who lived in Colombia during the 80s, there was nothing heroic about the man. He brought nothing but pain, grief, and humiliation to the country. Get your head out of your ass.
      • DAVIDPD
        Fair enough. I understand he was a calculating murderer, but Escobar also did a lot to support Columbia's infrastructure. Futbol stadiums, Churches, & schools, a lot of people liked him. Of course he financed all his endeavors with blood money. I know this must be a sensitive topic for you, but you did not need to attack me directly for trying to make a stupid joke about a stupid man. Personal attacks just show how incapable some one is of making rational/reasonable/logical arguments. I am sorry that I offended your sensibilities as a proud Colombian.
  • Bob
    So let me guess...this movie will present him as a hero
  • Flounder
    What I want to know is who pulled the trigger that killed him...some say police, some say a CIA agent....actually, that will never come out but I would like to see how this plays out
    • Eh
      Delta did. But allowed Los pepes to take credit
  • ak
    i was expecting a movie based entirely on Pablo, not some shitty "tangential figure" to the main story and that too a love story, damn ruined everything

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