Leonardo DiCaprio Attached to Play Rasputin

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Is there a more unconventionally sexy role than Grigori Rasputin, the “mad monk” of Russian historical lore? The mystic/advisor worked for Tsar Nicholas II, and Rasputin reportedly held great influence over the family, to the extent that his name has become synonymous with the secretive abuse of power. Rasputin said to have been able to bed women and evade violent rivals with ease — until his violent death in 1916, at least.

Now Warner Bros. has picked up a pitch by Jason Hall, the screenwriter of Steven Spielberg’s American Sniper, that will lead to a screenplay about Rasputin. Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way is involved, and in fact DiCaprio is attached to play Rasputin.  Read More »

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How much would you pay for a script that has Taylor Lautner and Michael Bay attached to it? That’s the question Hollywood studios faced Wednesday, according to Deadline, as the pair sent out a script written by Jason Hall (Spread) to all the major studios hoping to incite a bidding war. Described as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets Wanted” the script has already generated considerable interest, probably because of its potential star and director. Read what little more we know about this after the jump. Read More »

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