EXCLUSIVE: In what ought to be one of the hot packages in next week’s Cannes market, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are firmed to star in Escobar, with Fernando Leon de Aranoa directing his script. It’s based on a true story of the unlikely relationship with his polar opposite, the upscale TV host Virginia Vallejo, which she detailed in her book Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar. Dean Nichols and Bardem are producing. Millennium Films will be selling this in Cannes, and Bardem will be on hand next Friday to help them inject excitement in the package.
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