Though the role was originally intended for Sean Penn who, if you haven't heard, decided to take some sort of break from films to rediscover er, something, Universal Pictures has bounced back by casting Josh Brolin to star in Cartel. Brolin is fortunately an actor still looking to work.
Josh Brolin for Cartel
Directed by Asger Leth off a script by Peter Craig, Cartel will have play a man on a mission to protect his son after his wife is brutally murdered in the gritty world of Mexican cartels. The film is inspired by the 1993 Italian film La scorta, which followed four cops' struggle to guard a special prosecutor trying to bring mob bosses to justice.
If you've never heard of Asger Leth, there is good reason, as Cartel will be his feature debut after finding success with the 2006 documentary Ghosts of Cite Soleil.
Brolin has been on fire ever since No Country for Old Men. After that we've seen him in films such as American Gangster and Milk, with a new collection of films yet to come including the adaptation of Jonah Hex and the latest (untitled) Woody Allen pic.