Isaac to Star in Pablo Escobar Biopic

It looks like Benicio del Toro isn’t the only actor portraying Pablo Escobar on film

Oscar Isaac has signed on to portray the notorious Colombian drug cartel kingpin in a biopic to be directed by Brad Furman.

Oscar Isaac

Furman, who helmed Lincoln Lawyer, has long wanted to develop an Escobar biopic.

Based on a script by Matt Aldrich, this will be the latest in a long line of attempts at making a movie about Escobar, with the likes of Joe Carnahan and Antoine Fuqua both developing movies about the legendary Colombian drug kingpin that fell through.

Isaac, who will be starring in Inside Llewyn Davis later this year, will begin filming on the biopic in Colombia this September.

Peña to Star in Film About Labor Leader Cesar Chavez

Michael Peña will soon be portraying the nation’s most recognized Latino labor leader and civil rights activist.

The 36-year-old Mexican American actor—who has appeared in such films as Crash, Battle: Los Angeles, Lincoln Lawyer and World Trade Center has signed on to star as Cesar Chavez in a film about the Mexican American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the United Farmworkers Union (UFW).

Michael Pena

Chavez led the largest nonviolent protest in U.S. history to achieve the UFW’s goal of obtaining basic human rights for more than 50,000 farm workers in California.

“This man inspired an entire community to see themselves as deserving of basic rights and to rise up against injustice,” said Mexican actor Diego Luna, who will direct the biopic. “The film will send the message that change is in our hands — Chavez did something everyone thought impossible with a fearless grace that magnetized an entire country.”

Cesar Chavez

Rosario Dawson is on board to portray Dolores Huerta co-founder of the UFW; while Cesar’s wife will be played by America Ferrera.

In addition, Jacob Vargas has been cast as Chavez’s brother Richard and Yancey Arias as Gilbert Padilla.

The film is set to begin filming next month in Mexico.