Deadline is reporting that Oscar Isaac has been cast to play Colombian drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar in a film to be helmed by director Brad Furman. Reports of Isaac’s casting were first revealed during the Cannes Film Festival.
The film will reportedly be based on the Black List script by Matt Aldrich. It is one of several Escobar projects in development, with the likes of Joe Carnahan and Antoine Fuqua both developing movies about the legendary Colombian drug kingpin that have allegedly fallen through.
Furman’s movie already has distribution through Relativity Media and will be produced by Scott Pictures’ Scott Steindorff along with Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley, and Joseph Khori. Currently, the plans are to start filming in Colombia in September, although no official release date has been set for the film.