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There's pretty much nothing Hollywood loves more than a comeback, which is why it's no surprise that Hollywood is loving Wes Bentley right now. (And, we gotta say, we're loving him too.)
The "American Beauty" star, who nearly fell off the Tinseltown grid due to a drug addiction only to resurface as the all-powerful Seneca Crane in "The Hunger Games," has landed yet another stellar role — this time in "Chavez."
The Diego Luna-directed biopic tells the story of labor-activist Cesar E. Chavez as he organizes the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history to accomplish his goal of obtaining basic human rights for over 50,000 farm workers in California. Michael Pena is set to star as the titular lead, with America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson as Chavez's wife Helen and political aide Dolores Huerta, respectively, Indie Wire reports.
Bentley, meanwhile, will take on the part of fearless attorney Jerry Cohen, who became the backbone of the United Farm Workers' legal efforts, which sounds a bit more honorable than his role in the "Games" (though he did make some bold choices as Head Gamemaker—we'll give him that).
"Mad Men"'s Mark Moses as organizer Fred Ross, "Southland"'s Michael Cudlitz as an unnamed sheriff, "Traffic"'s Jacob Vargas as Chavez' older brother, and "Legion"'s Yancy Arias as the United Farm Workers Union treasurer round out the cast. In other words, Bentley is finding himself in good company.
Only time will tell if Bentley's comeback sticks, but with this added to his resume, he's definitely one-notch closer to full-fledged stardom once again. Bravo, Bentley. Bravo.