John Travolta and Uma Thurman have joined while the previously linked Blake Lively is now set for Oliver Stone’s “Savages” at Universal Pictures reports Deadline.
Based on the bestselling novel by Don Winslow, the story follows two best friend pot growers (Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch) in Laguna who share a trippy girl named Ophelia (Lively). The duo are so good at their job that an enforcer (Benicio Del Toro) demands they work for his boss, a Mexican drug cartel matriarch (Salma Hayek).
When they refuse, she is kidnapped and they’re forced to come up with a fortune in ransom. So they set out to hijack the cartel’s drug supply. Travolta will play Dennis, a burned out DEA agent, while Thurman will play Ophelia’s mom Paqu.
Winslow and Shane Salerno penned the script and shooting now aims to kick off in July.