Benicio Del Toro, oh where have you been? After his impressive performance in Steven Soderbergh‘s “Che,” Del Toro appeared in the botched monster movie revival “The Wolfman” and has kind of disappeared for a while. He popped in a brief cameo in Sofia Coppola‘s “Somewhere,” directed a segment of the forthcoming omnibus “7 Days In Havana” and this year he’s set to return in what looks like a helluva role in Oliver Stone‘s “Savages.”
Universal Pictures Argentina have tweeted the first image from the film, and it looks like Del Toro is gonna be one serious badass. In the film, based on the best-selling crime novel by Don Winslow, Blake Lively plays the gal pal of two Laguna Beach drug dealers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) who is kidnapped by Mexican drug cartel who wants to move in on their turf. Del Toro plays the cartel enforcer with Uma Thurman as Lively’s Mom, Salma Hayek as the leader of the cartel, John Travolta as a burnt-out DEA agent, the recently Oscar nominated Demian Bichir as a double-crossing attorney who represents Hayek’s cartel, Joel David Moore as a computer nerd and Emile Hirsch in an unnamed role. So yeah, this sounds fucking awesome.
The first image is a great tease and we can’t wait to see more. “Savages” opens on September 28th.