The latest remake of Scarface has been on the cards for about five years. Martin Bregman, one of the producers of the classic 1983 Al Pacino film, has been working with Universal to develop a new interpretation of the legend and today it was announced that Rogue One’s Diego Luna has been cast in the lead role.

The actor will next be seen in another re-make-quel-boot, Niels Arden Oplev’s new version of Flatliners with Nina Dobrev, Kiefer Sutherland and Ellen Page. Universal’s new Scarface film should propel Luna to a new, wider audience however there’s a good chance Antoine Fuqua won’t be directing him. Variety report that plans to move ahead with a sequel for the 2014 film The Equalizer are moving ahead very quickly, and the desire for a quick sequel has caused conflict in the scheduling.

Al Pacino works out his anger issues in the 1983 movie

It’s sad to see Fuqua depart the project. His latest film, another retelling of a classic tale – this time The Magnificent Seven, failed to capture the attention of a mass audience. However his undoubted style gave the film an engaging flourish. It would have been interesting to see what he would have done with the rise to power of a new man chasing the American Dream.

The most recent version of the Scarface script was written by The Sopranos’ Terence Winter and this bodes extremely well for the film. His recent creation, Boardwalk Empire, was a fine example of the corruption of power, and the violence and charisma that go along with it. We’ll wait to see who picks up the reins from Fuqua, and look forward to Diego Luna making his mark on an iconic role.