Twilight’s vampire patriarch Peter Facinelli to play crime family king

Elizabeth Reaser and Peter Facinelli in Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Elizabeth Reaser and Peter Facinelli in Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Titan Worldwide Chairman and CEO Brad Feinstein has announced it will begin shooting the controversial crime epic El Chico Blanco, on location in New Mexico, in June of this year.

El Chico Blanco tells the story of Ben Harper, a white outcast raised in the barrio, who ascends to a position of power against all odds. During a stint in prison, Harper overcomes racial tension and bias to become the head of a notorious crime family, entering into a world of drugs, wealth, and power.

The film was scripted & will star Peter Facinelli (Twilight Saga, Nurse Jackie) and will be directed by Carl Franklin (Out of Time, High Crimes). This is the third film that Facinelli has written. His first, Loosie’s, (which he also stars in) is currently in post-production. In addition to playing the lead role of Ben Harper, Facinelli’s production company Facinelli Films will serve as co-producers on El Chico Blanco.

“The volatile drug world of El Chico Blanco has themes of temptation and corruption that have intrigued me for some time now,” said Franklin. “I look forward to collaborating with Peter and Titan to bring this riveting story to life.”

“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Brad and Titan Worldwide Entertainment and am excited to get started on production,” said Facinelli. “Carl’s vision is perfectly in keeping with my script and I look forward to filming this as soon as I wrap on Breaking Dawn.”