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DiCaprio tackles Vikes

12.14.2009

While in the NFL, the Vikings have proven to be difficult to tackle, it hasn't been much of an issue for Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to star in an untitled Viking movie for director Mel Gibson. Sorry Minnesotans, this isn't a tale about the Purple People Eaters but instead a story about classic Viking lore, similar to what Gibson did with BRAVEHEART. William Monahan, who won an Oscar for writing the DiCaprio starrer THE DEPARTED, is currently working on the script.

Like APOCALYPTO and PASSION OF THE CHRIST before it, the film will be set up independently and will seek distribution at a later date but an epic adventure with plenty of A-list talent should have no problem finding suitors. While filming is expected to begin on the project in 2010, DiCaprio is expected to try and squeeze in one more starring role before production gets underway (and he's got tons of projects in the works including THE CHANCELLOR MANUSCRIPT, THE RISE OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT and an adaptation of Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink." Leo can be seen in 2010 in INCEPTION and SHUTTER ISLAND while Gibson just wrapped a rare starring role in the Jodie Foster flick THE BEAVER.

Extra Tidbit: Perhaps for Christmas, Leo might like this Vikings bling.
Source: Variety

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11:51PM on 12/14/2009
Every piece of this news gets better and better. You mean to tell me they're pairing up the writer of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN with the director of BRAVEHEART and getting Leonardo freakin' DiCaprio to star? Fuckin' amazing.
Every piece of this news gets better and better. You mean to tell me they're pairing up the writer of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN with the director of BRAVEHEART and getting Leonardo freakin' DiCaprio to star? Fuckin' amazing.
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6:52PM on 12/14/2009
Glad to see Gibson back in the director's chair, and Monahan also wrote Kingdom of Heaven I believe, which makes this pairing even better.
Glad to see Gibson back in the director's chair, and Monahan also wrote Kingdom of Heaven I believe, which makes this pairing even better.
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6:24PM on 12/14/2009
Awesome news! Now I wonder if Gibson will be doing it in English or ancient Nordic/whatever the vikings spoke?
Awesome news! Now I wonder if Gibson will be doing it in English or ancient Nordic/whatever the vikings spoke?
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5:55PM on 12/14/2009
wow finally some awesome news!
This is great. I smell a Oscar nom for Leo (and finally win)
wow finally some awesome news!
This is great. I smell a Oscar nom for Leo (and finally win)
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5:04PM on 12/14/2009

WOAH!

This is really cool news! I like Dicaprio and Gibson is a great director! This should be awesome!
This is really cool news! I like Dicaprio and Gibson is a great director! This should be awesome!
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4:46PM on 12/14/2009

no way!

There can only be one main Hoollywood viking and that is Idris Elba!
There can only be one main Hoollywood viking and that is Idris Elba!
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2:05PM on 12/14/2009
Awwwwwww shiiiit. Leonardo Dicaprio is in my opinion, the best actor of OUR generation. And Mel Gibson directing a viking film?!? Best news this month!
Awwwwwww shiiiit. Leonardo Dicaprio is in my opinion, the best actor of OUR generation. And Mel Gibson directing a viking film?!? Best news this month!
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5:01PM on 12/14/2009
NO WAY is he better than Gordon-Levitt. No way. Not even close.
NO WAY is he better than Gordon-Levitt. No way. Not even close.
1:10PM on 12/14/2009
SWEET!
SWEET!
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11:08AM on 12/14/2009

DAMN

This is great news. Reading the morning entertainment news online is great, but news exciting and interesting as this one just made my day. Leo and Gibson together in a movie and while Gibson on director's chair and Leo acting in it. I smell oscars already.....
This is great news. Reading the morning entertainment news online is great, but news exciting and interesting as this one just made my day. Leo and Gibson together in a movie and while Gibson on director's chair and Leo acting in it. I smell oscars already.....
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10:41AM on 12/14/2009
Sorry, double post for some reason.
Sorry, double post for some reason.
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10:40AM on 12/14/2009
DiCaprio have proven himself to be a capable actor in his more recent movies; Blood Diamond, The Departed, Catch Me If You Can .. Together with Gibson and Monahan this has potential for greatness.
A vikingmovie similar to Braveheart would be awesome. For some reason, movies with or about vikings often turns out to be a 6/10 imdb movie. Entertaining but not "good".
DiCaprio have proven himself to be a capable actor in his more recent movies; Blood Diamond, The Departed, Catch Me If You Can .. Together with Gibson and Monahan this has potential for greatness.
A vikingmovie similar to Braveheart would be awesome. For some reason, movies with or about vikings often turns out to be a 6/10 imdb movie. Entertaining but not "good".
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9:42AM on 12/14/2009
god i hate leo dicaprio...
god i hate leo dicaprio...
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