It appears that Diego Luna, fresh off playing Cassian Andor in the iconic “Star Wars” franchise, could be playing a role that cemented Al Pacino’s status as one of the biggest movie stars of the ’70s and ’80s. According to Variety, the Mexican actor has been cast as the lead in a remake of “Scarface,” which has been in development for several years at Universal.
The original “Scarface” followed the rise of Tony Montana (Pacino), a Cuban refugee who became one of the most vicious drug lords in Miami. Director Antoine Fuqua, who recently departed the project due to scheduling issues, told Fandango the remake would center on a Mexican immigrant who turns to drug trafficking in Los Angeles after becoming “disillusioned” with the American Dream:
“I read the script they have and it’s actually really interesting and very timely. We’re dealing with a lot of stuff now coming out of Mexico. And again, we still have those issues dealing with the ‘American Dream,’ and the fact that the game is rigged, right? It’s not really an even playing field, but the promise is that it is.”
There’s no official word on which director will replace Fuqua, but it will be interesting to see what direction the remake takes. Despite its enduring fame and status in pop culture, “Scarface,” as well as Pacino’s portrayal of Tony Montana, has been criticized for perpetuating stereotypes about Latinxs.