Pablo Larraín is a phenomenal director. Just watch the Oscar-nominated No, starring Remezcla’s boyfriend Gael García Bernal, to see what he’s capable of. Still, the chances you have particularly strong feelings about the announcement that he’s remaking Scarface – Al Pacino’s first foray into Latino impersonation – depend a lot on whether or not your house was ever featured on MTV Cribs. Still, the update sounds promising. Just like the 1932 and 1983 versions were set in the midst of the important immigration issues of the day, this new version will tell the story of a Mexican immigrant in L.A.’s underworld.
So let’s get to the best part: who should be in it? We’ll get you started.
Michael Peña as Tony. This one’s a no-brainer. He’s at the top of his game right now, taking interesting role after interesting role, but the last barrier towards becoming a true leading man tour de force is playing the lead badass in a crime/action film. This is made for him.
Danny Trejo because of course he has to be in this.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say rather than the usual suspects Salma Hayek or Eva Longoria, that America Ferrara – who just worked with Michael Peña in Cesar Chavez – would be great as Tony’s ill-fated sister.
Jay Hernandez as Manny, Tony’s lady-killing partner. For reference, Steve Bauer played the Cuban version.
Demián Bichir as Frank Lopez – the drug lord who first gives Tony a shot – with (okay, okay) Gael as his right hand man Omar.