He’s only 20, but for a couple of years it seemed Josh Hutcherson transition from child to adult actor had stalled. He was always in the running for roles in major movies, such as Spider-man, but only got roles in the likes of Cirque Du Freak, which weren’t exactly career-helpers. However thanks to The Kids Are All Right and Hunger Games, he’s now taken seriously as an actor and as a box office draw.
He’s also a major LGBT-ally through his organisation Straight But Not Narrow, which aims to end bully of gay teens in schools and help give them support networks.
He’s now scores a role opposite Benicio Del Toro in the drug-centred drama Paradise Lost (not to be confused with the stalled John Milton adaptation or the West Memphis 3 documentary of the same name). Hutcherson is set to play Nick, a water sports enthusiast who, whilst visiting his brother, falls head over heels for a young woman. However what he doesn’t initially know with that she’s the niece of Colombia’s largest exporter of cocaine, Pablo Escobar.
This based on a true story biopic will mark the directorial debut of Andrea Di Stefano, who recently wrote the screenplay for Life of Pi. Production begins next March in Panama. (Source: Deadline)