Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his sorely deserved Oscar last year, but he appears to be choosing his next starring role very carefully. It appears that if Paramount Pictures has their way, we may finally know what his next movie could be. The studio is currently trying to acquire the screen rights to the novel Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, And A Mother’s Quest; A True Story Of The Jim Crow South and Leonardo DiCaprio is being eyed to star in it.
Deadline broke the news that Paramount was partnering with Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way production company to try and obtain the rights for Truevine. The report notes that the project is potentially being eyed as a starring vehicle for DiCaprio, who has yet to take on a role in a movie since starring in The Revenant last year. It is also said that Jennifer Davisson, who worked as an Executive Producer on The Revenant, will produce the movie, should the companies manage to secure the rights.
Truevine was written by Beth Macy and was just recently released but has been receiving rave reviews thus far. The book tells the true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped in the late 1800’s and displayed as circus freaks. Their mother then endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The book was written from decades of research and hundreds of interviews and explores the question of if the brothers were better off performing on the world’s stage, even if they were forced to portray racist stereotypes, or back at home in poverty?
Ever since winning his Oscar for The Revenant, word has been quiet on what movie he will star in next. He has instead been focusing on his role as a voice for climate change, with his documentary on the subject Before the Flood set to premiere later this month. It was also recently announced that he is looking to produce a Captain Planet movie (also with Paramount), though at the moment it doesn’t look like he will be starring in that.
Details about how Paramount and Appian Way intend to adapt Truevine are pretty scarce. No screenwriter or director are attached and there is no word on what part Leonardo DiCaprio will play in the movie. It is also possible that the movie could wind up getting made without him starring in it, but at the moment that seems to be one of the major selling points and it seems like the kind of thing Leonardo DiCaprio would want to do, given that this type of story has Oscar potential written all over it. Or maybe he will just cash in and suit up as Captain Planet instead.