Facinelli to star in indie drama he wrote

Carl Franklin will direct "El Chico Blanco"; Facinelli also producing

Peter Facinelli will star in “El Chico Blanco,” an indie drama the “Twilight Saga” star wrote and will co-produce through his Facinelli Films.

Carl Franklin (“Out of Time”) is directing the film, which stars Facinelli as an outcast raised in the barrio who rises to a position of power within a crime family.

Titan Worldwide Entertainment is financing the project, which will be shot in New Mexico. Hyde Park Ent. will handle foreign sales.

Facinelli is filming “Breaking Dawn” for Summit Entertainment while on hiatus from Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” He recently wrapped the indie “Loosies,” which he also wrote.

Facinelli is repped by UTA and James/Levy Management, while ICM reps Franklin.