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Oliver Stone’s SAVAGES close to distribution deal with Universal; casting turns to Taylor Kitsch

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
March 20th, 2011

Taylor Kitsch

Oliver Stone's feature adaptation of SAVAGES, based on the Don Winslow novel, is close to finalizing a distribution deal with Universal Pictures. Deadline reports that distribution should be finalized by next week and that Stone is close to finalizing casting. The director is in talks with Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch to star as the "Laguna-based pot growers arm-twisted into working for a Mexican cartel when they kidnap O, the free spirited best friend of the growers."

Salma Hayek is being considered for the cartel matriarch, "an iron-fisted beauty who becomes intrigued and practically maternal over the kidnapped gal. But business is business, and the drug kingpin is suddenly plagued by a problem: someone is ripping off her drug shipments. What she doesn't know is it’s the guys she’s trying to muscle."

Kitsch was last seen on the big screen as Gambit in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE after getting his start on Friday Night Lights. He just wrapped BATTLESHIP for Universal and recently starred in JOHN CARTER OF MARS for Disney. Kitsch is up for the role of Chon, "an iron-hard former operative who is a remorseless killer and seems to only have room in his heart for his growing partner and O."

Earlier we reported that Jennifer Lawrence was in talks to play O, but she has since dropped out for the lead in THE HUNGER GAMES. It is now reported that Stone is looking at go-to female lead Olivia Wilde for the role. Stone is currently working on finalizing the script written by Shane Salerno and Winslow.

This sounds like a pretty cool story and am interested to see Stone's vision translated on the screen. I was less than pleased with WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS and believe that this film is poised for greatness.

What are your thoughts?

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