Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Clip Of Sam Claflin In The Riot Club
Not safe for lunch
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
15 August 2014
Hardy, DiCaprio and Maguire Plan Anti-Poaching Drama
Will Staples is writing the script
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Machete Kills (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Django Unchained (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Leo DiCaprio Going Viking?
Mel Gibson has his eyes on more history

14 December 2009  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Mel Gibson and Leonardo DiCaprio: together at last? Yes, it would seem so, as DiCaprio has agreed to star in an untitled period drama focused on Viking culture for the man who made Braveheart and Apocalypto.

Variety reports that Departed producer Graham King (who also just worked with Gibson on Edge Of Darkness) got the pair together to talk future projects, and they quickly agreed on the planned epic.

And there's another Departed connection - the film's writer, William Monahan, will be responsible for the script.

So far, nothing is known of the plot besides the fact that Viking enthusiast DiCaprio will get to play one in and the film will likely be bloody (given the likes of Passion Of The Christ, we're not shocked).

"This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry’s finest cinematic talent, and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill,” King said in a statement.

While it's mentioned as the likely next directing project for Gibbo, we're a little more skeptical, since the most recent chatter has been about him scouting prison locations for a movie set in Mexico.

 


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

DreamWorks Says I Saw You
Gets into the rom-com game
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

Perhaps Leo can pull it off... but he had to grow a proper beard, bulk up a bit and most importantly, CHANGE HIS ACCENT More

Posted by davishwulf at 17:04 on 25 July 2014 | Report This Post

Get Ready For a Shitty Beard
Unless Leo decides to use a fake rather than growing his own. More

Posted by bbbbeeeennnn at 22:12 on 14 December 2009 | Report This Post

gibson is to historical rigour what palin is to politics More

Posted by spamandham at 16:01 on 14 December 2009 | Report This Post

Oh God No!
Mel Gibson is a terrible director: his films are so one dimensional, unrealistic, over-violence and historically inaccuracy. Braveheart and the Passion are two of my most hated films and the last thing I want to see is Gibson butcher history once again. He'll possibly show the Vikings as noble warriors and make out the English to be pure evil, so deserve to be invaded, raided and raped. More

Posted by freemantle_uk at 15:01 on 14 December 2009 | Report This Post

Oh God No!
Mel Gibson is a terrible director: his films are so one dimensional, unrealistic, over-violence and historically inaccuracy. Braveheart and the Passion are two of my most hated films and the last thing I want to see is Gibson butcher history once again. He'll possibly show the Vikings as noble warriors and make out the English to be pure evil, so deserve to be invaded, raided and raped. More

Posted by freemantle_uk at 14:22 on 14 December 2009 | Report This Post

Titanic Norseman
Daniel Craig would be a perfect Viking. Hopefully, the film will be about the Vikings founding the city of Dublin in 988 with Westlife as extras. More

Posted by BenTramer at 13:14 on 14 December 2009 | Report This Post

Sounds great but...
Leo as a viking? Seriously? He's a fantastic actor but even in Gangs of New York and The Departed I couldn't take him seriously as a man of action. Considering the traditional viking image he's going to have to work hard to convince - unless the production are trying to show a softer side to the warriors too. That would be a different approach and could overcome any shortcomings Leo might have trying to portray a berserker. More

Posted by Marwood at 12:15 on 14 December 2009 | Report This Post

Excellent! More

Posted by Timon at 08:36 on 14 December 2009 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Gillian Robespierre And Jenny Slate Talk Obvious Child
Director and star on their acclaimed rom-com

Video Interviews: The Stars And Directors Talk As Above, So Below
We talked to Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and company about their underground horror…

The Future Of Film: All Big Blockbusters Will Be Shot At 48 FPS
Our month-long series begins discussing the innovations that will shape cinema

Video Interviews: Chloe Grace Moretz And Jamie Blackley Talk If I Stay
The stars, director R.J. Cutler and co-star Joshua Leonard talk YA adaptations

The Empire Podcast #126: Jon Hamm Talks Million Dollar Arm, Mad Men And Beards
Plus Richard Ayoade pops in to talk about directing The Double

15 Of The Weirdest TV Cameos Of All Time
From Michael Palin in Home And Away to Ian McKellen in Corrie

Updated: The 36 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)