Leonardo DiCaprio’s got quite a bit of experience when it comes to portraying characters on either side of the law. He was a dooly appointed federal mahshal in Shuttah Island, played the Boston mob against itself for Martin Scorsese in The Departed, and took on more dastardly roles in such films as Django Unchained and The Wolf of Wall Street. With an Oscar now under his belt, DiCaprio is on the hunt for new roles, and today brings the news that Paramount has given him one squarely in his wheelhouse.
Every year, Forbes releases rankings of the highest-paid and highest-grossing actors around the world, but their most interesting list comes a little later in the year when the publication unveils their annual rundown of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, Johnny Depp’s name tops the list for the second year in a row — and yet, sadistic Hollywood executives just keep right on putting him and his big dumb hats in big budget blockbusters.
O.J. Made in America was one of the best longform documentaries of this year, and stunned audiences with its extremely in-depth case study of O.J. Simpson as a product of the racism and prejudice of his time. Now the producer and director of that documentary, Ezra Edelman, is in talks to direct a movie based on Richard Jewell, the security guard whose life was ruined after he was reported to be a suspect of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Centennial Park bombings.
The one thing Hollywood loves more than biopics is literary adaptations, and when the two combine, it’s even better. Paramount recently acquired the rights to the book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll by Peter Guralnick, about the producer who launched the careers of artists like Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. You might’ve heard of them. And who better than Leonardo DiCaprio himself to play the titular producer?
Wondering when Leonardo DiCaprio would be heading back to the Deep South? Since his villainous turn in Django Unchained, the actor has appeared in New York City as two very different multimillionaires, and was mauled by a bear in the 1800s Dakota Territory. But now he’ll be returning to the South and a tobacco farm during the era of Jim Crow.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard talk of a live-action Captain Planet movie: Sony was originally planning to bring the environmentalist superhero to the big screen, but now that the rights have lapsed, Paramount is in talks to snag them with a little help from real-life environmentalist superhero Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor is teaming up with Scream Queens star Glen Powell to develop a movie based on the ’90s cartoon series, but unlike other recent nostalgia cash-ins, this one has a positive message behind it.
Today, Leonardo DiCaprio is a household name; the man is one of the biggest and most beloved movie stars in the world. But did you know that when DiCaprio was first starting out as a child actor, an agent tried to convince him to change his name? It’s true; if this agent had his way Leonardo DiCaprio could have been known the world over as “Lenny Williams,” because that sounded “familiar” and had a “friendly ring to it.” That’s just one of the titanic (sorry) Leonardo DiCaprio facts in the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!
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