'Narcos' Star Wagner Moura Cast in Brian De Palma's 'Sweet Vengeance'

Wagner Moura - H 2015
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Wagner Moura - H 2015

The Brazilian actor will play a lead role in the crime story, currently in development and scheduled to shoot in Uruguay in January.

Brazilian star Wagner Moura, who starred on Netflix's Narcos, will have a lead role in Brian De Palma's upcoming project Sweet Vengeance, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported.

Produced by Rodrigo Teixeira's RT Features (Call Me by Your Name) and currently in preproduction, the film is scheduled to start shooting in early 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital city, with production services by local banner Oriental Features. 

Brazil's biggest star, Moura's international recognition came with Jose Padilha's Elite Squad saga, after which he landed in Hollywood with a secondary role in Neill Blomkamp's 2013 sci-fi film Elysium, and eventually came to play Colombia's legendary drug lord Pablo Escobar on the Netflix series. 

Earlier this year, local media in Brazil reported that the actor passed on a role in Wonder Woman 2, allegedly due to schedule conflicts with the shooting of Moura's own directorial debut Marighella, a biopic about Brazilian former congressman, poet and guerrilla member Carlos Marighella, who was killed by the country's military dictatorship in 1969. 

The rest of the cast and synopsis on Sweet Vengeance are not confirmed yet, but De Palma recently revealed to AFP that the film was "inspired by two true stories of murders."

"For 30 or 40 years I have seen a number of true stories of crimes presented on television, as in the program 48 Hours. I'm interested in how they tell the story of the crime, so I'll do it the way they do it on television, based on two real cases," he said. 

Sweet Vengeance will be De Palma's next project after his crime thriller Domino and before Predator, his announced Harvey Weinstein-inspired horror movie.