The adaptation of Savages seems to be recruiting a level of talent commensurate with its A-list source material. Deadline reports that Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) is in talks to star in the film about two pot-dealing buddies that share a girlfriend in southern California. Oliver Stone is attached to direct the adaptation of the best-selling book written by Dan Winslow. Lawrence has been an extremely hot commodity since her turn as a burdened teen on a quest to save her family’s house in Winter’s Bone.
The project is being developed privately and repped by CAA, so expect a lot of action as soon as the producers lower the flag on this one. Fanning the flames of this project are rumors of involvement from Leonardo DiCaprio, James Franco (duh), and Benicio del Toro. While the pieces are a long way from being in place here, all signs point to an amazing project in the works. But don’t take my word for it. A synopsis from Deadline:
Somehow, sharing a bed with O created no discord in the relationship between brainy botanist Ben and Chon, a hardcore ex-Navy SEAL who returned from Afghanistan with top-quality pot and a total lack of remorse for killing to protect his pals. They live a quiet lucrative existence in Laguna Beach, growing and distributing their primo pot. Stone has been meeting with top actors to play Ben and Chon, a list that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Aaron Johnson, Tom Hardy, James Franco and Tron Legacy‘s Garrett Hedlund. He’s also courting Benicio Del Toro for the role of an Mexican drug cartel enforcer sent to muscle Ben and Chon out of business. When they resist, O gets kidnapped and the ransom is every ill-gotten cent they’ve made. They hatch a complex plan to get her back and then disappear.
Uh, yeah. I’ll pay whatever you want me to to see that.