If all had gone to the original plan, Charlie Hunnam would have been in cinemas next month doing naughty things in Fifty Shades Of Grey, but after pulling out of that film and completing work on Sons Of Anarchy, he’s been looking for other projects.
Now he may be heading into the drugs industry, as Deadline reports that Legendary Pictures, who worked with Hunnam on Pacific Rim and the upcoming Crimson Peak, is planning a movie based 2011 Rolling Stone article called American Drug Lord as a potential star vehicle for Hunnam. Jason Hall (American Sniper) will write the script.
The Rolling Stone article tells the story of ‘Edgar Valdez, a high school football player from Texas who would become the only U.S. citizen to rise to the level of cartel leader in Mexico. From his base in Acapulco, Valdez, who brought the nickname La Barbie that was given him by his high school football coach, made $130 million in one year moving drugs from Colombia. He became increasingly feared and allegedly ratcheted up the violence that involved filming the brutal executions of rivals and posting them on the Internet. As the drug riches escalated along with the violence, the rival cartels turned on one another, with the help of crooked cops. Valdez’s life became a struggle to stay alive.’
It’s not known when the movie might shoot.