josh brolin replaces sean penn

A while back we reported on actor Sean Penn‘s decision to take a break from acting, which involved him dropping out of two high profile movies. One of the films in question was Cartel, a remake of the 1993 Italian film La scorta, which revolves around a clash between mob bosses and four cops as they attempt to protect a prosecutor. With Penn out, his replacement has been named, and it’s his Milk co-star Josh Brolin.

According to Variety, Universal Pictures have tapped Academy Award nominee Brolin to take over the role originally intended for Penn. Brolin will play a man on a mission to protect his son after his wife is brutally murdered in the gritty world of Mexican cartels. The script for the film is currently being rewritten by Eagle Eye scribe Hillary Seitz, which was originally penned by Peter Craig.

Cartel will be produced by Brian Grazer and his Imagine Entertainment, and is scheduled to begin production next January in Mexico. This is truly the case of one man’s trash becoming another man’s treasure, because I believe Brolin is going to rock this part. Penn is a great actor, there’s no doubt about it, but within these past few years Brolin has proven himself to be a serious force in the acting game.

What do you think about Josh Brolin replacing Sean Penn?