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Tom Hardy to Join Cast of DiCaprio’s Upcoming Western

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Tom Hardy, also known as the sexiest man to ever rock a sweater vest, is currently in negotiations to join the cast of the film, The Revenant. The movie is reportedly a survival western based on the novel by Michael Punke.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the story recounts the horrific tale of frontiersman Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) who was a 36-year-old member of a fur-trapping expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1823 when he was mauled by a grizzly. The group’s captain left behind two men — John Fitzgerald and the legendary Jim Bridger — to stay with Glass until he died from his injuries… but they didn’t. Fearful that Indians weren’t going to get them, Fitzgerald and Bridger stripped Glass of his weapons and equipment and fled. Glass didn’t die. Instead, the mutilated trapper crawled over 200 miles through the wilderness to find Fitzgerald and Bridger and exact his revenge.

Glass’s tale was also the basis for the 1971 western Man in the Wilderness. That film starred Richard Harris and John Huston.

According to a report from Vulture, Hardy’s role will be a supporting character but which character that is has not been announced.

Leonardo DiCaprio will be in the lead role and has been attached to The Revenant for years but only recently announced it would be his next movie.

Production will start begin September for a 2015 release.

Leonardo DiCaprio Eyeing Blood on Snow Adaptation

 

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According to a recent report from Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio is eyeing the upcoming big screen adaptation of the novel, “Blood on Snow.” DiCaprio is looking to both produce the production as well as potentially star. The novel was written by Joe Nesbo. Warner Bros. is negotiating the rights to the tome for DiCaprio’s Appian Way.

“Blood on Snow” marks the first book written by Nesbo under his new nom de plume, Tom Johansen. It follows a hitman who is tasked with offing his boss’ wife only to find that he’s fallen in love with her. Two literary sequels are already planned and, in the third, Johansen himself becomes a character.

In addition to DiCaprio, Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson Killoran will produce alongside Kevin McCormick of Langley Park.

There is no word yet on when the film will begin production or who else is being looked at to star. Maybe this time, DiCaprio will get the Oscar he so rightly deserves.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx Team Up for Mean Business

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx have teamed up for Warner Bros. Pictures next big screen adaptation. The film, called Mean Business, will be an adaptation of the upcoming S. Craig Zahler novel “Mean Business on North Ganson Street,” according to Deadline. Continue reading

Set Design Secrets from “The Great Gatsby”

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Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” is a sumptuous visual feast for the moviegoer this summer. With a $104 million dollar budget, Luhrmann and his wife, Oscar-winning set designer Catherine Martin, have created a visually unique movie. A daring mix of old and new, this interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel has created quite a buzz offering a new look at the Roaring Twenties. Continue reading

Dennis Lehane Re-teams with Leonardo DiCaprio for Travis McGee

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Travis McGee might finally be appearing on the big screen. The film adaptation that has been in the works since late 2009 with 20th Century Fox seems to be finally moving forward with Paul Greengrass taking the helm as director. The film also has  had Leonardo DiCaprio in the starring role since 2009 when the project was first optioned.  Continue reading

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‘The Great Gatsby’ To Finally Hit Theaters May 10, 2013

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The bad news is that director Baz Luhrmann’s take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, The Great Gatsby, won’t be releasing this year. The good news is, audiences don’t have to wait forever. You can hold your breath until May 10, 2013, right? Come on. It could be worse.

There is a good and bad side to this announcement, too. The good news here is Gatsby won’t have to compete with other December 2012 released films. A certain Hobbit comes to mind. When it comes to the one ring, the roaring 20s might not stand a fighting chance.

The bad side has a bit to do with Warner Brother’s box office track record. It seems quite a few failures released from the studio also in May. Among those are Speed Racer, House of Wax and, most recently, Dark Shadows. The past is prologue, but then again, no one can tell with these things. Marketing and star power can contribute to overall success. There are exceptions to every rule. Luhrmann’s own over the top rhapsody, Moulin Rouge! first premiered in May of 2001.

I think Gatsby is going to make a good chunk of change no matter when it debuts. I’ve been a great fan of the 1974 adaptation starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow and re-watch it from time to time. That script has many lines in it pulled directly from the novel. Speaking of Mia Farrow, Luhrmann has given her iconic role of Daisy to Carey Mulligan. I think Mulligan looks the part. I can’t wait to see how she does. Mia Farrow has this incredible, breathless voice; however, and I’ll forever related it to Daisy–Daisy and the unicorn from the animated classic The Last Unicorn. Now that was the best voice acting casting ever!

Two other reasons Gatsby‘s May release shouldn’t pose a problem are its actors and its director. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire are movie stars. They have loyal fans. They’ve also been best chums since forever, so it’ll be nice to watch them together. Baz Luhrmann also has a cult following. No other director would think to shoot a live action, historically set romance in 3D. In fact, he may be a little nuts. It’s a good kind of nuts, though.

Let’s check out some highlights from the official press release from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures concerning the updated release date. May 10 is the date Americans and Canadians need to mark on their calendars, but international audiences don’t need to sweat. They get the film one week after.

Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, said,

Audiences have been looking forward to Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of one of the most beloved books of all time, and we felt this beautifully extravagant and dramatic film would be a perfect way for us to kick off our Summer slate.

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, added,

Baz’s unique take on Gatsby is glitzy and glamorous, with his juxtaposition of the classic tale and contemporary themes hitting just the right note. This film should really add heat to the competitive Summer season.

Luhrmann writes, directs, and produces for the project.

Of course DiCaprio is Gatsby and Maguire is Nick Carraway, the point of view character who is a bit of a fish out of water as he joins rich New Yorkers in the spring of 1922, smack-dab in the time of jazz and excess. Gatsby is the richest and most mysterious and he takes an interest in Nick because Carraway is Daisy’s cousin. Daisy is the one who got away from Gatsby before he was the man he is today.

Joel Edgerton is Tom Buchanan, the man Daisy did marry. He’s got a bit of a mean streak. Isla Fisher will play Myrtle, Tom’s mistress, and Jason Clarke is George Wilson, Myrtle’s seemingly dim-witted mechanic husband. Elizabeth Debicki was cast as Jordan Baker, the love interest for Nick Carraway.

If you know Luhrmann’s films, you know he’s the king of spectacle. He re-teams with two-time Academy Award-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin from Moulin Rouge! on the set of Gatsby. The music will come from Craig Armstrong.

Leonardo DiCaprio To Live By Night

Warner Bros. is having a field day lately buying the film rights to various novels. They have now begun the process of bringing the upcoming Dennis Lehane prohibition-era novel Live By Night. Deadline has reported that the project has already asked Leonardo DiCaprio to star in the film.

The novel is the second book in a trilogy written by Lehane. It is the sequel to his 2008 book, The Given Day. 

Lehane is already an award winning novelist. He has also already had some of his novels adapted for the big screen. He wrote Mystic River which became an Academy Award-winning film. Another novel, Gone, Baby, Gone became an Academy Award-nominated film. DiCaprio also starred in a big screen adaptation of a Lehane novel, Shutter Island. 

I has also been reported that DiCaprio will produce the film adaptation.

There is no word on when the adaptation is projected to release or when it will begin production.