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Charlie Hunnam to Star in ‘American Drug Lord’

Charlie Hunnam to Star in ‘American Drug Lord’

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Just when audiences had thought he’d given up his outlaw days following the final of Sons Of Anarchy, rising A-lister Charlie Hunnam is set to return with the aptly titled American Drug Lord. 

Adapted from a Rolling Stones article that Hunnam himself optioned back in 2011, American Drug Lord will tell the true-life story of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a Texas high school football star who moved to Mexico and became embroiled in the cartel drug wars. Appropriating the name ‘Le Barbie’, Valdez earned a reputation for violence, and moved quickly up the command chain of the cartels, even establishing his own before being arrested in 2010.

American Sniper scribe Jason Hall is handling the adaption, and Legendary Studios will be producing the picture. While it’s awesome to know that Hunnam will be back in outlaw mode, we won’t be seeing him as Villarreal for a while as he’s currently busy with a host of new projects including Pacific Rim 2, The Mountain Between Us, King Arthur and A Prayer Before Dawn.

Hunnam will next be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak which opens on October 15.