Chiwetel to play drug trafficker
Published 09/06/2014 | 11:32
Chiwetel Ejiofor is heading behind bars for his next film role.
The 12 Years A Slave Actor will play convicted drug trafficker Thomas McFadden in the big screen adaptation of Marching Powder: A True Story Of Friendship, Cocaine, And South America's Strangest Jail, Variety reported.
Don Cheadle was originally linked to the role, when the project began in 2008.
Marching Powder was a 2004 book written by McFadden and Australian journalist Rusty Young.
Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about McFadden, a convicted British drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison in La Paz.
Young went to meet McFadden on one of his illegal tours and they became friends. This led to Young bribing prison guards in order to stay with McFadden for three months so that he could write about his incredible life.
The book made headline for its depiction of the depraved and violent culture in the jail, and the revelation that inmates were expected to buy their cells from corrupt agents.
British actor Chiwetel - who earned a string of awards and nominations for his role in 12 Years A Slave - will be seen next in John Hillcoat's crime thriller Triple Nine.