Walter White meets Nidge as Tom Vaughan Lawlor heads for Hollywood
Published 04/04/2015 | 09:29
He's swapping the mean streets of Dublin for the cocaine cartels of Colombia - Hollywood has come calling for Love/Hate actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor.
The actor famous for playing psycho crimelord Nidge in the hit RTE drama has landed a part in a movie alongside Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston.
Vaughan Lawlor (37) will appear in The Infiltrator, a film about an undercover US agent who embeds himself with Pablo Escobar's drugs cartel.
While Nidge and Walter White may seem like natural screen buddies, both actors will play characters on the right side of the law.
Cranston has nabbed the role of Robert Mazur, who spent five years under cover with the criminal elements of Colombia in order to expose an elaborate money laundering scheme.
Vaughan Lawlor will swap his Nidge Nike runners for something more professional as he plays Steve Cook, Mazur's supervisor.
The big-budget thriller tells the tale of the US official who became a pivotal player in the money laundering network that serviced Escobar's Medellin cartel.
Mazur spent five years bringing down the corrupt bankers and politicians who benefited from the millions in dirty money washed clean for drug lords.
Vaughan Lawlor will also share the big screen with actress and former fashion model Diane Kruger.
The film is slated for a 2016 release, and shooting is believed to be taking place in London, Paris and Florida.
Producer Miriam Segal said the team had "invested a great deal of time ensuring that the casting on this film is absolutely perfect".
Vaughan Lawlor will also star in the Jim Sheridan film The Secret Scripture, due out later this year. He was spotted filming on Dollymount Strand alongside fellow Irish actor Jack Reynor.