Benicio Del Toro is in final negotiations to play Colombian cocaine trafficker Pablo Escobar in the $25 million romantic thriller "Paradise Lost" at Chapter 2, Studio 37, and Pathe.
Inspired by true events, the story follows a young surfer who visits his brother in Colombia and falls madly in love with a beautiful local girl.
Their romance seems idyllic until he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar. The film is NOT an Escobar biopic, rather something more akin to the way Idi Amin was the dominant but not the central character in "The Last King of Scotland."
Italian actor turned filmmaker Andrea di Stefano ("Life of Pi") penned the script and will make his directorial debut. An eleven-week shoot kicks off off in March in Panama.