‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star Charlie Hunnam Lands Lead Role in ‘American Drug Lord’

Charlie Hunnam has landed another leading role in a film, this time playing American Drug Lord Edgar Valdez from a famous story told in 2011 in the pages of Rolling Stone….

Charlie Hunnam — best known for his role as Jax Teller on the recently completed ‘Sons of Anarchy’ — has his future mapped out where he’s going from television royalty to a legit movie star.

Already in the process of filming Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of ‘King Arthur’, Hunnam has now signed on to star in a new project from Legendary pictures based on the story in Rolling Stone titled ‘An American Drug Lord in Acapulco’, which will be adapted for the screen as ‘American Drug Lord’ with writer behind ‘American Sniper’ on board to write the script.

Hunnam will lead the project playing real life Mexican cartel leader Edgar Valdez, who went from being a high school football prospect in America to one of the most powerful drug lords south of the border. To this day, Valdez remains the only American to ever rise to the kind of power he enjoyed in the Mexican drug cartels and the story behind his brutal reign is nothing short of fascinating. At one point, Valdez was raking in $130 million per year while laying waste to rivals and fellow drug cartels who opposed him during his time on top of the mountain.

Hunnam is set to star although the project is probably at least a couple of years away from production with work on the script just now starting.

Hunnam has become a major player in starring movie roles lately with parts in upcoming films such as ‘Crimson Peak’ from director Guillermo Del Toro as well as his part in the ‘King Arthur’ movie, which could then turn into a trilogy if the movie does well in theaters.

Jason Hall will write the script with Legendary on board to produce.

H/T: Deadline

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