Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Serial Killer in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Devil in the White City’ 0 9

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In news that will come as a surprise to precisely no one, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are reteaming for another project. This time it’s an adaptation of the non-fiction novel The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At the Fair That Changed America, written by Erik Larson. I think they’ll just go with the first part as as a title…

While you might expect the popular director-actor duo to do traditional cops and criminals story with DiCaprio playing the hero, it’s actually the total opposite. DiCaprio is set to play Dr. HH Holmes (no relation), one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. He is said to have killed anywhere between 27 and 200 people in Chicago in 1893, working his cunning ways while the city was distracted by the famous World Fair. He’s described as the real life, 19th century equivalent of Hannibal Lecter. Deadline has more details:

Holmes constructed The World’s Fair Hotel, an inn more lethal than the Bates Motel, especially for young single women. The sociopath used charm and guile to lure guests into what became known as a “murder castle,” a haunt that had a gas chamber, crematorium and a dissecting table where Holmes would murder his victims and strip their skeletons to sell for medical and scientific study.

Apparently this has been a passion project for DiCaprio for quite a few years now but it’s finally moving ahead when Warner Bros. let the rights laps last month. The project was then at the centre of a fierce bidding war between five different studios, with Paramount winning out by offering an impressive seven figure deal and the little detail of Scorsese-DiCaprio coming aboard the project.

Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, the upcoming Secret in the Their Eyes remake) will pen the script to the adaptation, which should prove an interesting departure for Scorsese and particularly DiCaprio, the latter of whom is not usually known for playing the outright bad guy, much less a serial killer.

That being said, he was able to make a pretty reprehensible character in The Wolf of Wall Street utterly compelling and earning himself a well-deserved Oscar nomination in the process. He’s also looking scarily intense and different in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant (if you haven’t watched that trailer, please do so now). This is obviously an intentional path in his career to surprise people. Playing a serial killer will certainly do that…

Source: Deadline

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Watch: Incredible New Trailer for ‘The Revenant’ 0 22

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We don’t usually post trailers individually – saving them for the Trailer Watch – but this one was just too good to pass up.

The Revenant is the new film from acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who most recently won an Oscar for Birdman. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter in a tale of a forntierman in 1820 who sets out on a path of vengeance who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

We already had one amazing teaser trailer, now check out the equally great new trailer below:

Could this be the film that finally wins Leo his Best Actor Oscar? Quite possibly!

The Revenant is set for release in the UK on January 15th, 2016.

Vincent Cassel To Play Villain in Next ‘Bourne’ Film 0 11

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After a fourth Bourne film in which Jason himself was conspicuous by his absence, things are returning to the old but brilliant formula of Matt Damon starring and Paul Greengrass directing.

We already know that in addition to Damon returning (rejoice!), Tommy Lee Jones and woman-of-the-moment Alicia Vikander are part of the cast, playing a tough CIA operative and (presumed) love interest, respectively, as well as Julia Stiles reprising her small but crucial role as Bourne helper Nicky Parsons. But now we’re getting word that one of the best French actors in the business is also joining the cast.

Variety has the news that the wonderful Vincent Cassel has signed on to the spy action sequel as its main villain, which will see him match wits and possibly even go toe-to-toe go with the former amnesiac hero. Although exact plot details are being kept secret for the time being, sources are saying that Cassel will play an assassin tracking Bourne. No doubt he will tie in with the Treadstone/Blackbriar history of the Bourne mythology – maybe he’ll be a scorned fellow assassin who feels Bourne somehow wronged him/was chosen ahead of him.

The series has a pedigree of casting great actors as assassins, whether it be Clive Owen in The Bourne Identity, Karl Urban in Supremacy, Edgar Ramirez in Ultimatum and Oscar Isaac in Legacy.

I was already looking forward to the return of the Damon-Greengrass team but the addition of Cassel – genuinely one of my favourite actors of modern times – only makes me wish next summer would get here sooner.

The as-yet-untitled Bourne sequel is set to start shooting this year for a July 29th, 2016 release date.

Source: Variety