Oscar Isaac is set to play Colombian drug lord and politician Pablo Escobar in Brad Furman’s biopic.
The Guatemalan-born American star has apparently landed the lead role in the forthcoming film, reported Deadline. Brad – who directed The Lincoln Lawyer – has been trying to develop the crime saga for some time. The film, which has a script written by Matt Aldrich, is to tell the life story of the ruthless drug kingpin who rose to power in the mid-70s and the tale of his short-lived career in Colombian politics.
Oscar, who has racked up memorable performances in Drive, Sucker Punch, WE and The Bourne Legacy, will next play the title character in the Coen brothers’ music-themed drama Inside Llewyn Davis. He will also star in period drama Therese with Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Felton, and thriller The Two Faces Of January alongside Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
Oscar Isaac is in some serious negotiations to join the movie which already has Viggo Mortensen on board as the lead. Drive scribe Hossein Amini will be in charge for the whole thing, so let’s just guess that this one really has a lot of potential.
Based on the novel written by Patricia Highsmith, The Two Faces of January is a story of a con artist, his wife and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.
The good thing is that the movie is set to go into production at the end of the year!
This is Oscar Isaac’s fourth Cannes. He was here in 2009 with Agora, then Robin Hood in 2010, then Drive the year after. Actually, he’s quite the film fest fixture: at Venice with W.E. and Toronto with 10 Years. So it’s testimony to his quicksilver skills – or to a collective forgetfulness – that he was greeted at Cannes like a starlet emerged fresh from the ether. A miraculous discovery found fully formed on the shore.
“Is that guy a real folk singer?” asked the veteran critic next to me as the end credits rolled on the Coen brothers’ latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, in which Isaac stars as a Dave van Ronk-ish singer-songwriter seemingly destined for obscurity in early 1960s New York. “Where have you come from?” was the first question put to him in the press conference the next day. He didn’t respond. He just grinned and enjoyed it, clean-cut and scrubbed, almost bobbing with pleasure.