Emile Hirsch is joining the cast of Oliver Stone’s Savages, Variety reports.
Based on the novel by Don Winslow novel, the book features two friends from Laguna Beach (Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch) who share the same girlfriend (Blake Lively) and a thriving business growing and distributing the best-quality pot on the planet. When they resist being muscled by a Mexican drug cartel, the girl is kidnapped and the ransom is every cent they’ve made for the last five years. They agree to pay but hatch an alternate plan to get her back, get revenge, and then get lost.
Salma Hayek will play the role of Mexican cartel queen-pin Elena and Benicio Del Toro is portraying vicious cartel enforcer Lado. John Travolta and Uma Thurman are also said to be in talks to appear.
The Speed Racer and Into the Wild star will next appear in December’s The Darkest Hour.
Savages, a Universal Pictures release, is scheduled to start filming in July.