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Josh Brolin Replaces Penn in ‘Cartel’

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on October 3, 2009

Josh Brolin and Sean Penn

Josh Brolin and Sean Penn

by Jeff Leins

Josh Brolin has signed to replace Sean Penn in Cartel, the Universal Pictures drama under the direction of Asger Leth.

Brolin will play a “man on a mission to protect his son after his wife is brutally murdered in the gritty world of Mexican drug cartels,” according to the Variety announcement. Shooting will begin this January in Mexico City, just a short time after Brolin wraps his villain role in the Wall Street sequel Money Never Sleeps.

Penn dropped out of the film in June when he decided to take a break from working for personal reasons. Though they obviously wont be working together here, Brolin and Penn appeared alongside one another in last year’s Milk. The other production Penn left scrambling was the Farrelly brothers’ Three Stooges.

As for Cartel, it looks like they found another solid talent. Brolin is no Penn, but has been steadily gaining respect in his recent portrayals. This coupled with rumors of Javier Bardem also joining the project and there may be an interesting No Country for Old Men reunion in the works.

Source(s) Variety, NewsinFilm.com

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