Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz team up for Pablo Escobar biopic

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz on October 5, 2013 in London, England.

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz on October 5, 2013 in London, England.  (2013 Getty Images)

Academy Award winners and married power couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are teaming up once again for the big screen.

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp announced Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival that the Spanish duo would be playing the leads in a film based on Virginia Vallejo’s 2008 best-selling memoir “Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar.”

The film, currently titled “Escobar,” will follow the Colombian drug lord’s rise to power. Spaniard Fernando Leon de Aranoa is writing and directing the biopic and Barden will be a producer.

Vallejo is a Colombian journalist whose career ended in the mid-1990s when it was revealed she had an affair with Escobar 10 years earlier. She published her memoir in 2007 and, according to her website bio, she had to seek asylum in the United States three years later.

“Escobar” would be the seventh film collaboration between Barden, 46, and Cruz, 41, who married in 2010 after dating for several years. They previously worked together in “Jamon Jamon” (1992), “Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health” (1996), “Trembling Flesh” (1997), “Don’t Tempt Me” (2001), “Vicky Christina Barcelona” (2008), and “The Counselor” (2013).

Cruz won the Academy Award for best actress in a supporting role for “Vicky Christina Barcelona” while Bardem won the best actor in a support role for “No Country for Old Men.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is expected to start shooting later this year.

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