The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Wagner Moura has signed up for a lead role in Brian De Palma’s upcoming crime film project Sweet Vengeance.
The report from THR goes on to state that none of the rest of the cast or even the synopsis for the film have been confirmed yet, but De Palma recently spoke to AFP that the film is inspired by two true stories of murders.
De Palma said:
For 30 or 40 years I have seen a number of true stories of crimes presented on television, as in the program 48 Hours. I’m interested in how they tell the story of the crime, so I’ll do it the way they do it on television, based on two real cases.
Wagner Moura made a name for himself by starring in Jose Padilha’s Elite Squadsaga, then appearing in Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 sci-fi film Elysium. The role that Moura is most recognised for however, is playing Columbia’s legendary drug lord Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series Narcos.
The initial report from this casting came from Brazilian newspaper O Globo. The local media in Brazil also reported that the actor passed on a role in Wonder Woman 2, due to scheduling conflicts with the shooting of his own directorial debut Marighella, a biopic of Brazilian former congressman, poet and guerrilla member Carlos Marighella, who was killed by the country’s military dictatorship in 1969.
Sweet Vengeance, which is currently in pre-production, is being produced by Rodrigo Teixeira’s RT Features, with filming set to commence in early 2019 in Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo, with production services by local company Oriental Features.