Getting’ straight to the point with no time to waste: after risking his life in the arena as a Tribute in The Hunger Games, Josh Hutcherson is now in talks to join Benicio Del Toro in the upcoming Pablo Escobar drama Paradise Lost.
Well, to be honest he’s running around the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Hawaii reprising his role as Peeta Mellark, but already he’s still setting up his future acting career with the drama about a famous Colombian drug lord.
Written and directed by Andrea di Stefano, who was most recently seen starring as the priest in Life of Pi, the story is actually based on a true love story and a surfer named Nick who goes down to Colombia to visit his brother. He falls madly in love with a beautiful local girl called Maria and their romance seems idyllic until he meets her uncle, the infamous drug kingpin Escobar.
Hutcherson would reportedly play the pivotal role of Nick, opposite Del Toro who will play Escobar. The project is expected to begin production in Panama in March 2013.
Hutcherson, who very recently appeared alongside Chris Hemsworth in the long-delayed Red Dawn remake is also lending his voice to a character in the Fox Animation’s Epic movie.