Taylor Kitsch, Olivia Wilde and Salma Hayek are all in talks to appear in Oliver Stone’s upcoming movie adaptation of the book ‘Savages’, Collider.com is reporting. The ‘Friday Night Lights’ star is now in talks to portray Chon, who grows marijuana in Laguna Beach with Ben, who will be portrayed by Aaron Johnson. The novel follows the two men’s struggles with a Mexican drug cartel who not only tries to take over their business, but also kidnaps their accomplice Ophelia.
Academy Award-nominee Jennifer Lawrence was originally in talks to play Orphelia, but had to leave the movie due to her commitment to ‘The Hunger Games.’ Stone is now looking at Olivia Wilde to portray Orpehila, who’s also described to be Chon and Ben’s “young playmate.” Hayek is in talks to play the cartel’s matriarch, who becomes maternal over Orphelia.
‘Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem’ screenwriter Shane Salerno is on board to pen the script. Universal Pictures is at the forefront to land the distribution deal to release ‘Savages,’ which is set to begin filming in June.
Written by: Karen Benardello