Disney and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just made Forbes’s list as second highest grosser of 2016 earning $1.033 billion dollars globally. It’s good news for Diego Luna who first landed on our radar many years ago as a flourishing Mexican TV and film actor, notably landing on a bigger stage in Alfonso Cuarón’s critically acclaimed coming of age drama, Y Tu Mamá También.
Nowadays moviegoers can expect to catch the Elysium and Blood Father co-star in upcoming thrillers like Niels Arden Oplev’s Flatliners remake for Screen Gems this September as well as Ana Lily Amirpour’s Venice Film Fest Special Jury Prize Winning movie, The Bad Batch. Moreover, it also appears that Luna’s name is now being mentioned for the title role of the forthcoming readaptation of the gangster crime drama classic, Scarface for Universal Pictures.
After Jonathan Herman, Boardwalk Empire series creator Terence Winter last provided a script which the studio still plans to move ahead with this Spring. This comes just as the previously attached Antoine Fuqua departed the project to focus on a sequel to his 2014 hit actioner, The Equalizer with SAG award winning Fences star Denzel Washington reprising; The sequel was confirmed in the summer of 2015 while it was not yet official until last September in the wake of the TIFF premiere of Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven that the director would, in fact, return to the helm.
Luna’s Scarface is being designed as a remaging of the original 1982 film from Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson and Brian De Palma’s riveting 1983 epic, now with Luna portraying a Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles and, in the vein of the film’s predecessors, our title character’s influential ascension in the world of organized crime. Bluegrass Films and Global Produce are headling the production with Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber, and Dylan Clark and the De Palma’s Scarface producer, Marty Bregman, producing.
The film opens on December 16, leaving at least another year before the next canon follow-up, Star Wars VIII opens theatrically and testing the economic might of the movie going public. We’ll see how this one does though, as good as it looks so far with respect to its place in the saga and overall vision in general; The attention to detail with specific characters, costumes, lensing, set pieces and performances really lend a richness in the tone thusfar, so my own expectations are pretty positive here.