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

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

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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.

 


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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

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