Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is never short of projects in development, and he certainly has a fondness for stories rooted in history.

A new biography of President Woodrow Wilson was just published this month, and the screen rights have landed at DiCaprio’s company Appian Way. The actor plans to produce the adaptation of A. Scott Berg‘s book, and star as the 28th President. The film will likely be called Wilson, like the book, and it’s easy to wonder if the development might move along just slowly enough for the story of the lauded progressive President to hit screens not too far away from the 2016 US Presidential Election. Read More »

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Leonardo DiCaprio‘s company Appian Way has optioned a script pitch called King Harald, with DiCaprio set to produce and (as these things go) possibly star. The film would be written by Mark L. Smith, with the focus on the Norse king Harald III, called Harald Hardrada (tough ruler). He was a mercenary and warrior, who while leading Norway invaded Denmark and, most famously, stormed the shores of England in 1066. Read More »

Akira

Warner Bros. can no longer rely on the big summer projects developed by Legendary, so what’s the studio to do? How about the revival of a dead project? For years WB was working on a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo‘s manga and movie Akira, but the last effort was put to bed over a year ago. Now it’s back on, and the guy who was last in the director’s chair, Jaume Collet-Serra, is in talks to return. Read More »

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J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode VII starts filming in a few months and the Lucasfilm, Bad Robot and Disney teams have been hard at work trying to put together a cast. The general assumption is many of the roles will go to unknowns, with a few choice roles going to established stars.

Two names have now been revealed as possibly being up for roles in the highly anticipated film. Those names are Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron. Read More »

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No surprise: Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio will continue to do business together, and now DiCaprio is getting back together with his Django Unchained nemesis Jamie Foxx for a new film at the studio. Mean Business On North Ganson Street, an as-yet unpublished crime novel from S. Craig Zahler, will form the basis for a new feature that Zahler will script. Because the novel doesn’t even have a publisher at this point details are thin, but after the break we’ll pass along what we’ve got. Read More »

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Damn, this trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s new film The Wolf of Wall Street is a great piece of work. Might be one of the year’s best trailers by the time 2013 is all said and done.

This edit struts along to the tune of ‘Black Skinhead‘ from Kanye West and flashes all the symbols of excess you’d expect from a movie about a stock trader who made nearly a million dollars a week when he was only 26. There are cars, boats, women, drugs, parties, guns, cash… and Matthew McConaughey just stealing the end of the trailer right out from under Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s a bit like watching Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby by way of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.

That said, DiCaprio is definitely the star here playing Jordan Belfort, whose meteoric rise and dizzying fall inspired the film. It’s weird to be at a point where it’s a minor stretch to see Leonardo DiCaprio play a 26-year old (he’s 38) but if the movie has this sort of energy it’ll probably work out just fine. This is his fifth film with Scorsese, and we’ll be watching closely to see how their partnership has evolved.

Check out the trailer below.

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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 »

David O. Russell

David O. Russell‘s got a knack for attracting great actors, but his next project could come with prominent A-listers already attached. Russell will reportedly write and direct the JFK assassination pic Legacy of Secrecy, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook star Robert De Niro. The conspiracy drama posits that mafioso Carlos Marcello was behind the murder. Hit the jump for more details.

DiCaprio has been set to produce and star in the pic since 2010, while De Niro is a more recent addition. Based on the book of the same title by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, Legacy of Secrets hinges on mob kingpin Marcello’s confession to FBI informant Jack van Laningham that he was the one to order the killing.

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