Given that he starred in the disastrous “Thunderbirds,” it’s pleasing (but perhaps not that surprising) that Brady Corbet has grown up to be one of the more uncompromising actors of his generation. There’s been the occasional “Law & Order” or “24” on the CV, but for the last few years, Corbet’s stuck closer to films more like “Thirteen” and “Mysterious Skin,” in which he made his name.
Sure, he might have been mentioned in connection with playing Harry Osborne in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” but it didn’t come to pass, and instead, his major credits have been in more challenging fare, like the “Funny Games” remake, “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Melancholia” and the soon-to-open “Simon Killer.” And his latest gig looks like it’s continuing on those lines, as the actor has, according to Deadline, just signed on join Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson in the Pablo Escobar drama “Paradise Lost.”
The film, which marks the directorial debut of actor Andrea di Stefano (“Life Of Pi“) follows a teen (Hutcherson) who travels to Colombia to visit his brother and falls in love with a girl who turns out to be the daughter of feared drug lord Escobar (Del Toro). Corbet will play the brother, which is apparently a ‘key role.’
There’ve been plenty of attempts to bring Escobar to the screen, most notably Joe Carnahan‘s “Killing Pablo,” which never quite made it to the starting blocks, but this looks like it could be the first major appearance on screen of the legendary kingpin since Cliff Curtis played him in 2001’s “Blow.” And with Del Toro in the part, and a promising cast shaping up behind him, it could be something to look forward. Filming’s meant to begin in Panama before the end of the week, so we could be seeing this at Sundance next year.