Benicio Del Toro, whom we will all see next month in Guardians of the Galaxy, has another little movie due out this year, one that will undoubtedly be coming to a festival near you (or not) in the fall, called Paradise Lost. Above is the first poster and down below is the first teaser trailer.
Del Toro plays the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar in the film written and directed by actor Andrea di Stefano, heretofore best known for roles in Life of Pi, Eat Pray Love and a long-running Italian tv series. Given that directors ranging from Oliver Stone to Joe Carnahan to Antoine Fuqua have wanted to bring Escobar to the big screen, I’m not sure what impressed producers enough to let this first time director have a crack at him.
The first poster is an extreme close up of Del Toro’s face, but the story centers on surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson), who goes to Colombia to visit his brother and meets and falls in love with a girl named Maria. Trouble comes to Paradise when Nick discovers Maria’s uncle is Escobar and things get ugly. While it’s not strictly an Escobar biopic, he does figure prominently and the movie was reportedly inspired by true events.
Young surfer Nick thinks all his dreams have come true when he goes to visit his brother in Colombia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches he falls madly in love with a beautiful Colombian girl called Maria. It all seems perfect until he meets her uncle, one Pablo Escobar.
The film’s title obviously harkens back to Milton’s poem, which, in a nut shell, is about the devil’s temptation of Adam and Eve and the fall of Man (so don’t confuse it with the HBO documentary about the “Memphis 3” or the metal band). The name Pablo Escobar is nearly synonymous with evil and clearly represents Satan, so Nick and Maria could be stand-ins for Adam and Eve…I guess.
This is just the first tiny bit of footage, but tasty and tantalizing footage it is. A true “teaser”. Paradise Lost, which has been described as a romantic thriller, also stars Brady Corbet, Carlos Bardem, Ana Girardot and Claudia Traisac as Maria. It opens in France and Spain in November, but as of this writing there are no US or UK dates. I expect that will change in the near future. (After TIFF perhaps? JMHO).
What do you think? Has this teaser whetted your appetite a film featuring a completely non-Peeta Josh Hutcherson? How about Benicio Del Toro’s Savages character on steroids?