Speaking to Digital Spy, the Training Day director admitted that Bardem and del Toro are his first choices to play Pablo and Roberto Escobar.
"That's who I would like, I would like Javier. I'd like Javier and Benicio [del Toro] to play brothers," he said.
Fuqua also confirmed that he has received a new version of the script for the Oliver Stone-produced project and insisted that he is determined not to "get [the film] wrong".
"I think it's an important story of what was happening at that time and with him," he explained. "We want to get it right, or as close as we can."
Discussing the timespan of the story, Fuqua continued: "It focuses on his whole life, from when he was 12. [It starts with] him and his brother walking home from school."
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