Sean Penn is in talks to star in the action drama “Cartel” for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment reports Variety.
Scripted by Peter Craig, the mission movie will follow Ed Marker as he journeys to protect his son after his wife is brutally murdered in the gritty world of Mexican cartels.
The project began as a remake of the 1993 Italian film “La scorta” before evolving into an action vehicle for Penn.
Asger Leth (“Ghosts of Cite Soleil”) will direct and Brian Grazer is producing. Production is currently aiming for a Summer start if Penn’s deal can be locked.
Penn is still in discussions to star with Naomi Watts in the Doug Liman-directed Valerie Plame scandal drama “Fair Game”.