The New Narcos? Biopic Of Notorious Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ In The Works

Who should play the most wanted man in the world?

El Chapo captured by the Mexican Marines. Image Getty Images

In an excellent piece of movie news, the infamous drug lord ‘El Chapo’ will be coming to our screens, not once but twice.

Sony studios have picked up the rights to a brand new book lengthily titled ‘’Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captures the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord.’ [via The Hollywood Reporter]

Hopefully, they’ll trim that headline back a bit for the film. The book itself was written by Cole Merrell and Douglas Century, and it follows the real life experience of the special agent who was heavily involved in the capture of the notorious drug kingpin.

Additionally, Ridley Scott is also helming The Cartel, adapted from the fictional El Chapo novel by Don Winslow. His eyes are on Leonardo DiCaprio to play the lead – really Ridley? 

Regarding ‘Hunting El Chapo,’ Sony is keen to get Michael Bay to direct. We’re not sure why we don’t think a lot of unnecessary explosions were involved in the recapture.

There’s still time to work out the kinks for both movies, early days yet. 

For those who have been living under a rock, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán headed the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico and quickly gained notoriety during the noughties as the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.

The man also had a talent for eluding the feds. So far he’s escaped prison twice using among other things tunnels and bribes. He’s been recaptured and is currently in the USA awaiting trial.

Say what you want about the man, but his hijinks make for great entertainment, and the story has a happy ending we can all enjoy – the bad guy lost. 

Casting for the film will probably take awhile as the book has yet to be released, but we have our favourites for the titular role. We’re thinking, Jay Hernandez, Oscar Isaac or Demian Bichir. You know, Mexican and Latin American actors to play a Mexican man, Ridley.

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.