Could Charlie Hunnam be an ‘American Drug Lord’?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

After several seasons as the conflicted motorcycle gang member Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy, movie studio Legendary is hoping that Charlie Hunnam will return to a life of crime and star in their upcoming film American Drug Lord.

Sources are telling Deadline that Legendary recently acquired the rights to the 2011 Rolling Stone article American Drug Lord and have tasked Jason Hall (American Sniper) to write the script for Hunnam to star in.

ADL is the story of Edgar Valdez, a Texas high school football player who would become the only U.S. citizen to rise to the position of cartel leader in Mexico. Valdez was extremely successful, at one point making $130 million in one year moving drugs from Colombia. He was also instrumnetal in raising the bar for violence and brutality amongst the gangs, popularizing filming the executions of his enemies and posting them online for the world to see.

Eventually, as the riches and violence escalted amongst the rival cartels, Valdez’s existence became a struggle just to survive another day.

Legendary is betting big on Hunnam. He already starred in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim for the studio and is a hopeful addition for upcoming sequels. He is also starring in GDT’s horror film Crimson Peak (also from Legendary) which is set to hit theaters later this year.

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