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To Sleep, Perchance To Dream: Baz Luhrmann Would Love To Make 'Hamlet' With Leonardo DiCaprio

by Ken Guidry
May 8, 2013 1:29 PM
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Baz Luhrmann Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby

When Leonardo DiCaprio first worked with Baz Luhrmann, he was barely old enough to drink. Seventeen years and three Oscar nominations later, DiCaprio’s long-awaited second collaboration with Luhrmann comes out this weekend and it sees them taking on yet another classic work of literature together. As expected, reaction to “The Great Gatsby” thus far has been mixed (here’s our review), but that’s not stopping Luhrmann from dreaming up his next possible project with his leading man.

THR recently asked Luhrmann about any possible future projects he wishes he and Leo could do together. His answer?  “Hamlet. To me, Gatsby is the American Hamlet. What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?” Given the two already have a Shakespeare classic under their belts, perhaps his answer isn’t very surprising. But as we recently discussed on here, Leo has already played his fair share of tragic characters throughout his career, does he really need to play another one? How about some variety, Mr. Luhrmann?

At any rate, you can see Leo in “The Great Gatsby” when it opens this Friday.  In the meantime, what do you think? Would you like to see Leonardo DiCaprio one day play the title character in Baz Luhrmann’s “Hamlet”? Give us your thoughts below.

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  • Genadijus | May 8, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    Leo needs to take more different roles that he already made: comedies, satyrics. I would love to see him in movies by A. Payne, W. Allen or Q. Tarantino once again.

  • KG | May 8, 2013 2:30 PM

    True. I enjoyed Inception and, for the most part, Shutter Island. But for reasons that had nothing to do with Leo's performance. That said, his performance in Django Unchained was a high point for me. He just needs to branch out more, really. I recently re-watched Catch Me If You Can. I forgot how fun he can be.

  • 453525423 | May 8, 2013 2:21 PM

    I can see Woody Allen doing a great send up of his grumpy man-child/playboy persona. Leo needs to lighten way up. The last five years have been the worst of his career artistically (if not critically/commercially), thoroughly redundant (with the exception of Django), after his unbelievable string of work in the middle 2000s

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