Josh Hutcherson Set To Join Pablo Escobar Film ‘Paradise Lost’

By Hannah Soo Park

From The Capitol…to Colombia? Josh Hutcherson is still busy filming “Catching Fire,” the much-anticipated second installment in the “Hunger Games” series, but he’s already looking to line up his next acting gig.

Deadline reports that the “The Hunger Games” star is in talks to join Benicio Del Toro in “Paradise Lost,” a based-on-a-true-story film that follows notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Hutcherson will play a young Irish surfer, Nick, who visits his older brother in Colombia, where he ends up falling in love with a girl named Maria. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? But she’s not just any girl—it turns out that her uncle is Del Toro’s Escobar. And that’s where we start thinking this one won’t end well.

Not to be mistaken for the Milton-inspired “Paradise Lost,” which was nixed by Legendary Pictures earlier this year, the forthcoming movie was written and will be directed by actor Andrea di Stefano, in his first directorial effort. Di Stefano was recently seen in Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi.”

While Hutcherson has reportedly committed to the “Journey 2″ sequel, this might be his first major career move since he signed on as Peeta Mellark in the lucrative “Hunger Games” series. He’s also slated to lend his voice to the forest-set animated film “Epic,” which will hit theaters in May.

“Paradise Lost” is scheduled to begin filming in Panama in March of next year, after Hutcherson wraps up “Catching Fire” and before the two-part “Mockingjay” begins production.