Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson Drama ‘Paradise Lost’ Picked Up by Radius-TWC

Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson Drama ‘Paradise Lost’ Picked Up by Radius-TWC

Del Toro will play Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar; Josh Hutcherson also stars

Radius-TWC has acquired North American rights to “Paradise Lost,” starring Benicio Del Toro as notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and Josh Hutcherson a young surfer who marries his niece.

The film, which Radius-TWC plans to release this year, also stars newcomer Claudia Traisac and Brady Corbet (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”).

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“We have been tracking this project for months and could not be more energized by Benicio’s outstanding performance and the star-making turn by Claudia Traisac,” Radius co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego said in a statement. “Di Stefano has delivered the goods and we feel privileged to be working alongside him on this fantastic film.”

The film is the directorial debut of Andrea Di Stefano.

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“To have caught the attention of a distributor like Radius is a dream come true for me,” said Di Stefano. “We are all very honoured to work with this family. Wow.. what a journey!”

Dimitri Rassam produced; co-producers include Romain Le Grand, Frédérique Dumas and Miguel Angel Faura.