Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t even hit his forties yet, but he’s already been working steadily for over two decades. The past year’s seen him busier than ever, shooting roles in Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, and The Wolf of Wall Street. You can hardly blame the guy, then, for craving a bit of a break.
In a recent interview, the actor alluded to his desire to put his acting career on the back burner for the time being. But a “break,” in this case, doesn’t necessarily mean sipping daiquiris by the pool (though we’d understand if he wanted to slot some time for that as well). Instead, he’s hoping to shift his focus to environmental work for the time being. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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The last time we wrote about a possible film version of Erik Larson‘s book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, Leonardo DiCaprio‘s company had just optioned the book and attached the actor to star. He hadn’t yet shot J. Edgar, which has already come and gone, and he wasn’t yet set for The Great Gatsby, which has wrapped principal photography.
Perhaps most crucially, he also hadn’t been signed to play the bad guy in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. DiCaprio hasn’t played a villain yet, so seeing him attached to The Devil in the White City was a big deal, because he was, and still is, set to play a serial killer that haunts the creation of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. We haven’t heard much about the film version of the story in the past year, but Warner Bros. is still working to make it a reality, and has just hired Graham Moore to script. Read More »
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Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor who consistently aims to challenge himself with weighty, Oscar-caliber roles, and his next few films promise more of the same. He’s shooting Hoover, Clint Eastwood’s FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover biopic, in the coming year, and he’s rumored to be starring in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Now he’s developing a film that offers another complex character for him to tackle: an adaptation of The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America, the 2003 non-fiction book (presented in novelistic form) that juxtaposes an account of the planning and staging of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago with one of America’s first serial killers, who used the fair to lure young women to his elaborately constructed “Murder Castle.” Read More »