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John Travolta, Uma Thurman And Blake Lively Sign On For Oliver Stone's Savages

In 1994 John Travolta and Uma Thurman vaulted into cinematic history when their dance sequence in Pulp Fiction became one of the most iconic scenes of the 90s. The two have since tried to recapture that spark, but unfortunately the movie in which they tried to do it was the disastrous Be Cool in 2005. But as they always say, whenever you fail you have to try, try again.

Deadline is reporting that both Travolta and Thurman has signed on to star in Oliver Stone's Savages. Blake Lively has also apparently made a choice after being offered parts in both the Stone film and Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful last week, opting for working with the JFK director. The two join Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro, all of whom signed on previously. Based on the Don Winslow book of the same name, the film tells the story of a pair of pot growers who are approached to work for a Mexican cartel, but refuse. In retaliation, the cartel kidnaps the growers' "trippy gal pal" and hold her for ransom. In order to raise the money to get her back, the growers begin stealing from the cartels shipments. Lively will play O, the kidnapping victim, Thurman will play O's mother, and Travolta will play a "burned out DEA agent."

While I can't say that I've been a huge fan of Stone's recent work (I haven't liked any of his films since 1994's Natural Born Killers), I must admit that this cast and has me quite intrigued. Production is scheduled to begin in early July.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.