Blake Lively, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and Benicio Del Toro Are Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages’

It was a month ago that I first heard about Oliver Stone directing an adaptation of the Don Winslow Novel “Savages.” A couple of the key male roles had been cast, but Jennifer Lawrence was out as the female protagonist, O, due to her involvement in The Hunger Games. Now Stone and company seem to have found their new choice to play O, and they’ve filled out a couple of the other key roles as well. The three main characters of the film are Chon, Ben, and O, two dudes and a chick who start a successful grow operation and find themselves running afoul of a dangerous Mexican drug cartel.

When we last saw Savages it had already cast Taylor Kitsch as the ex Navy SEAL Chon, Aaron Johnson as the botany expert Ben, and Salma Hayek as the head of the cartel Elena. This time Deadline Laguna reports that not only has Gossip Girl star Blake Lively been chosen to play O, but also a few big names have been approached to join the cast as well.

The dancing duo of John Travolta and Uma Thurman, who first were paired together in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and last were seen in the Elmore Leonard adaptation Be Cool, are set to reunite for just this occasion. Travolta is being looked at to play Dennis, a burnt out DEA agent, and Thurman to play Paqu, O’s mom. I’ll tell you what, they sure do have them some funny names over there in that Californy.

This isn’t even the best news though; I’ve saved that for last. Somewhere in between the first time I read about this project and now they’ve managed to slip in a new cast member that really blows my hair back. One of the most interesting veteran presences in Hollywood, Benicio Del Toro, is also going to be in this movie playing a cartel enforcer named Lado. Nothing against the young kids, but with an actress as sexy as Hayek and an actor as cool as Del Toro playing the bad guys, I’m going to be rooting for the cartel.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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