Blake Lively, John Travolta, and Uma Thurman have joined the 2012 cast of Oliver Stone‘s Savages. Blake Lively, John Travolta, and Uma Thurman join Savages (2012)’s Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Taylor Kitsch, and Fernando Lara, who are already confirmed to star. Though I liked the Final Cut of Oliver Stone’s Alexander (more than the other versions of the film),
Oliver Stone has been fumbling with [his] last few films, treading water with stuff like “World Trade Center,” “W,” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” he’s putting together what is sounding like his most exciting project in years and he’s assembling a killer cast to tell the tale.
Deadline reports that “Pulp Fiction” and “Be Cool” duo John Travolta and Uma Thurman will reunite on “Savages,” with the previously tipped Blake Lively officially securing a role. Based on Don Winslow‘s book, the story follows two pot dealers—Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch)—who square off against a Mexican drug cartel when their shared girlfriend Ophelia (Lively) is kidnapped and held for ransom. Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro are already on board as Elena—the Mexican cartel queen who develops maternal feelings for Ophelia—and an enforcer respectively. Travolta will play Dennis, a burned out DEA agent while Thurman is going to be Blake Lively’s Mom.
The film is gearing up to shoot in July and this sounds like some great pulpy fare with a pretty wild cast. And we guess this casting means that “Gotti: Three Generations” project Travolta was linked to—which is now in search of a director—is on the back burner for now.
There is currently no US release date for the film but it will be released sometime in 2012.