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'Savages': John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Blake Lively Join Oliver Stone Drug Film

First Posted: 04/22/11 09:14 AM ET Updated: 06/22/11 06:12 AM ET

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Big names are abound for Oliver Stone's new drug drama.

The famed filmmaker is next directing the book-to-film "Savages," about pot growers whose girlfriend is held ransom by the Mexican drug cartel to induce them to produce their popular marijuana for their operation. The film, which already cast Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as the growers and Benicio Del Toro as the cartel leader, has added some more heavy hitters to the cast.

John Travolta will play a burnt out DEA agent, Blake Lively will take on the role of O., the kidnapped girlfriend, and Uma Thurman will play O's mom. The film brings Travolta and Thurman together for the first time since they appeared in "Be Cool" in 2005. Of course, their best known film together is Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction."

Lively nabbed the part from a number of young actresses vying for the role, including Jennifer Lawrence, who was earlier rumored to be in talks for the gig. It was also reported that Leonardo DiCaprio and James Franco had met with Stone about playing the two pot growers, but the director ultimately went with younger, lesser-known actors.

"Savages" marks yet another new film for Travolta, who has been cast in the high profile crime family film, "Gotti: Three Generations." Thurman will next appear in the Robert Pattinson-starring historical drama, "Bel Ami," out in May.

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