Adam Markovitz
October 29, 2009 AT 10:00 AM EDT

According to The Associated Press, Sean Penn met yesterday with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who told reporters that the actor might shoot a movie in the country. The project in question appears to be an adaptation of The Lost Steps, a 1953 novel by Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier about an American anthropologist who travels to the jungle near Venezuela’s Orinoco river. Penn’s rep could not be reached for comment.

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