Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets NSFW In 2 Clips From 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Plus New Pics Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets NSFW In 2 Clips From 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Plus New Pics First Look: Matthew McConaughey & Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’ First Look: Matthew McConaughey & Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’ Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' David Fincher Apparently Thinks 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' Could Get Made David Fincher Apparently Thinks 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' Could Get Made Oscars: Dust Settles On The Fall Festivals With No Clear Best Picture Front-Runner (Yet) Oscars: Dust Settles On The Fall Festivals With No Clear Best Picture Front-Runner (Yet) Fall TV Preview: Our 22 Most Anticipated Shows For The Rest Of 2014 Fall TV Preview: Our 22 Most Anticipated Shows For The Rest Of 2014 Watch: NYFF Trailer Has Snippets Of ‘Inherent Vice’ Footage For Those Checking For Trailers Several Times A Day Watch: NYFF Trailer Has Snippets Of ‘Inherent Vice’ Footage For Those Checking For Trailers Several Times A Day TIFF Review: 'Still Alice' Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin & Kate Bosworth TIFF Review: 'Still Alice' Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin & Kate Bosworth Review: 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them' Starring Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Review: 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them' Starring Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Jason Reitman Calls ‘Labor Day’ "A Misguided Effort" Jason Reitman Calls ‘Labor Day’ "A Misguided Effort" David Fincher & James Ellroy Plotting 1950s Crime Noir Series For HBO David Fincher & James Ellroy Plotting 1950s Crime Noir Series For HBO The Best And Worst Of The 2014 Venice Film Festival The Best And Worst Of The 2014 Venice Film Festival Chris Evans On His Directorial Debut ‘Before We Go,’ Filming In New York, & ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Chris Evans On His Directorial Debut ‘Before We Go,’ Filming In New York, & ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ TIFF Review: Liv Ullmann’s ‘Miss Julie’ Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell & Samantha Morton TIFF Review: Liv Ullmann’s ‘Miss Julie’ Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell & Samantha Morton Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 1 Recap: “Golden Days For Boys & Girls” Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 1 Recap: “Golden Days For Boys & Girls” TIFF Review: Kevin Smith's Horror Story 'Tusk,' Starring Justin Long, Michael Parks & Johnny Depp TIFF Review: Kevin Smith's Horror Story 'Tusk,' Starring Justin Long, Michael Parks & Johnny Depp The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Leonardo DiCaprio Eyes George Clooney's 'Farragut North'; Probably Won't Do Mel Gibson's 'Vikings'

The Playlist By Jessica Kiang | The Playlist July 24, 2010 at 6:46AM

In a development that doubtless has to do with scheduling conflicts or something equally innocent, it appears that Leonardo DiCaprio may be detaching himself from gestating project “The Vikings,” which was to have been directed by Mel Gibson, whose unfortunate telephone manner has been making headlines of late.
0

In a development that doubtless has to do with scheduling conflicts or something equally innocent, it appears that Leonardo DiCaprio may be detaching himself from gestating project “The Vikings,” which was to have been directed by Mel Gibson, whose unfortunate telephone manner has been making headlines of late.

Ted Casablanca at E! Online, writing in his patented giddy teenage girl argot (we are encouraged to see “Inception” partly so we can “drool over the way gorge supporting cast”) reports that one of his “most knowledgeable L.D. spies” said “I doubt Leo would do it, especially after this” and went on to assure him that Leo is not at all down with what Mel has been up to recently. Another “source deep inside Camp DiCaprio,” or possibly the same one, there is really no way to tell, also distanced the "Inception" star from the project, but in more practical terms saying “there’s not even a script yet, so it’s not real... Nothing has been settled.”

But really, the project is probably dead for now because no one wants to come within five inches of Gibson. And really unless he somehow, miraculously, comes back into Hollywood's good graces, don't expect A-list talent to line up to work with him.

But the real bit of news here, also revealed by Casablanca, is that DiCaprio is eying a new project to be written and directed by swoonsome George Clooney -- now there’s a guy who can threaten us with sexual violence and arson any day! Higgedy higgedy, yowzas etc (Dear Christ, it’s catching). Anyway, entitled Farragut North” it's an adaptation of a political play by Beau Willimon, that is loosely based on the 2004 Democratic primary run of Howard Dean. According to the plot rundown at Wikipedia, the story concerns Stephen, "a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, however, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives, and his one night stand with a teenage staffer proves to be more complicated than casual. Farragut North is a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape – about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it." Sounds more like the story of John Edwards, amirite?

Clooney and DiCaprio have apparently already met about the project and done a couple of readings. 'North' is set up at Warner Bros. under DiCapario's Appian Way shingle.

Obvs, no word on if/when that project will get in front of cameras. But the potential pairing of Clooney/DiCaprio!?!?!? ZOMG. Sorry Team Edward ceiling posters! You're being replaced!


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.

E-Mail Updates