UPDATE: Variety reports that Emile Hirsch has also joined the production in an undisclosed role. I had actually originally thought that Hirsch would be great in the role of Ben, a part which Aaron Johnson will play, so I don't have any clue as to who he'll portray in the picture now. We'll report back when do.
EARLIER: When Blake Lively was first rumored to be in the running for the role of O in Oliver Stone's Savages, she talked about how actors have always jumped at the chance to work with the Oscar winning auteur. "When you look at directors that you want to work with, he's always on the top of the list," the blond beauty said, and now she's going to. Deadline reports that she's been locked into the part of the pot-smoking and dealing girlfriend of both Taylor Kitsch (as the ex-Navy SEAL Chon) and Aaron Johnson (as the brilliant botanist Ben) in the director's adaptation of the Don Winslow novel.
Stone co-wrote the script with Shane Salerno and will begin principle photography in early July. He's also cast John Travolta as a a burned-out DEA agent and Uma Thurman as O's mother Paqu, joining Salma Hayek as the queen of the Mexican drug cartel that goes after the trio of Laguna marijuana pushers and Benicio del Toro as a ruthless enforcer for the cartel. The source notes that there are several more roles to be cast, but this is already shaping up to be a killer thriller with a great roster. It's already at the top of my hype list for late 2012, when I expect the film to bow.
Universal Pictures is financing and distributing Savages.