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Josh Hutcherson to Be a Surfer in Pablo Escobar Drama 'Paradise Lost'

December 18, 2012 (8:32 am) GMT
The Peeta Mellark of 'The Hunger Games' is in talks to star opposite Benicio Del Toro in the movie based on the story of notorious Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist Escobar.
Josh Hutcherson

After risking his life in the arena as a Tribute in "", is set to take another challenging role in "Paradise Lost (2014)". Deadline reports that the 20-year-old actor is in talks to star opposite Oscar winner in the drama about notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Hutcherson is poised to tackle the pivotal character called Nick in the based-on-true-story movie. Nick is described as a young Irish surfer who pays visit to his brother in Colombia. He then meets the love of his life, before encountering the infamous drug mafia to be played by Del Toro.

Further details of the movie are still scarce for now, but the project is expected to begin production in Panama in March 2013. This will mark the directorial debut from Italian actor Andrea di Stefano, who was recently seen starring as the priest in "". He will also serves as the screenwriter.

Hutcherson will likely jump into "Paradise Lost" after wrapping "", which is currently still filming and is slated for a November 22 release next year. He also takes part in the star-studded voice cast ensemble of Fox Animation's "".

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