June 19th, 2012, by Rob


Savages is a 2012 American crime–thriller film directed and co-written by Oliver Stone. It is based on the novel of the same name by Don Winslow, who co-wrote the script with Stone and Shane Salerno. The film is set for release July 6, 2012, and features an ensemble cast including Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro and John Travolta.

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Savages Plot

When their hippie girlfriend, O (Blake Lively), is kidnapped, two marijuana growers – University of California, Berkeley graduate Ben (Aaron Johnson) and former U.S. Navy SEAL Chon (Taylor Kitsch) – confront a Mexican drug cartel (led by Salma Hayek and Benicio del Toro) to rescue her. Uma Thurman plays O’s mother and John Travolta plays a DEA agent.


Savages Cast

Taylor Kitsch as Chon
Aaron Johnson as Ben
Blake Lively as Ophelia “O”
Uma Thurman as Paqu
Salma Hayek as Elena
Sandra Echeverria as Magda
Diego Cataño as Esteban
Emile Hirsch as Spin
Joel David Moore as Craig
John Travolta as Dennis
Demián Bichir as Alex
Trevor Donovan as Matt
Ralph Echemendia as Paul
Benicio del Toro as Lado
Gillian Zinser
Mía Maestro
Amber Dixon as Sophia

Savages Production

By August 2011, the film was shooting in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles. The film entered post-production in October 2011.

Savages Casting

Jennifer Lawrence was originally cast as O, but dropped out to film The Hunger Games instead. Other actresses considered for the part included Olivia Wilde, Blake Lively, Teresa Palmer and Abbie Cornish. In April 2011, it was reported that Lively had joined the film.
Before casting Taylor Kitsch in the film, Oliver Stone asked Peter Berg to show him 30 minutes of Kitsch’s work in Battleship to see how he was as a leading man, and after seeing that footage, he cast him.
Trevor Donovan originally auditioned for a role that was cut but after seeing Donovan’s tape, Stone specifically wrote him a part that was not in the book.



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