Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson Could Play Opposite Benicio Del Toro In Paradise Lost

Josh Hutcherson is currently running around the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reprising his role as Peeta Mellark, but already he's still setting up the future of his acting career as well. The actor is now in talks to join Benicio Del Toro in the upcoming drama Paradise Lost. Instead of being based on the John Milton epic poem, the the story is actually based on a true love story involving the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Written and directed by Andrea di Stefano, the story is about a surfer named Nick who goes down to Colombia to visit his brother, who is living down there. He winds up falling head over heels in love with a young woman named Maria, but things immediately get dramatic when Nick leans that her uncle is the aforementioned kingpin. Deadline, which reported the casting news, says that Hutcherson will play the role of Nick, opposite Del Toro who will play Escobar. It would seem they haven't found an actress to play the female lead yet, but likely will soon as production is getting ready to start early next year in Panama.

Hutcherson, who very recently appeared alongside Chris Hemsworth in the long-delayed Red Dawn remake has catching fire due out next year - set to arrive in theaters just in time for Thanksgiving on November 22nd - but it's not his only film of 2013. He is also lending his voice to a character in the animated nature movie Epic, which is being released in May.

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