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Producers of forthcoming film want to cast 'an authentic Latino' in the role, and seem set to hire Chilean director Pablo Larraín

The latest manifestation of Scarface will be a Mexican hustler working his way up on the streets of Los Angeles, according to The Wrap.

Universal has been working on a second remake of the classic gangster story since at least 2011, with Harry Potter's David Yates at one point in talks to direct. The studio now looks set to hire Chilean film-maker Pablo Larraín, best known for the Oscar-nominated political drama No, to oversee the new iteration.

Paul Muni took the central role of Italian newcomer Antonio "Tony" Comonte in the 1932 Scarface, a tale of warring Chicago gangs which teamed Howard Hawks with the legendary producer Howard Hughes. Al Pacino played Cuban drug baron Tony Montana in Brian de Palma's 1983 remake, which was critically panned on release but »

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