The 2010 box office has been very kind to Leonardo DiCaprio. In February, “Shutter Island” delivered his biggest opening to date, with $41 million in ticket sales, and went on to gross $128 million domestically. This past weekend, “Inception” performed even better , grossing $60.4 million, likely setting itself up to rake in even more dough in coming weeks.
Where does the 35-year-old actor, now clearly at the top of his Hollywood game, go from here? He’s got a slew of projects lined up, all in various states of development. Let’s take a look at some of his most high-profile potential films and see how Leo’s cinematic future might shake out.
Next up for Leo is the title role in Clint Eastwood’s biopic about controversial FBI director — and rumored cross-dresser — J. Edgar Hoover . The script comes from the pen of Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for the Sean Penn-starring “Milk.”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
Based on a tell-all memoir, this project has been around since 2007, but it was given new life earlier this month when Martin Scorsese offered to hand over directorial duties to Ridley Scott. DiCaprio would play a stockbroker who lands in prison for refusing to cooperate in a 1990s securities-fraud case. The only question about production is timing: Leo is set for “Hoover” next and Scott is ramping up to shoot his 3-D “Alien” prequel.
The Mel Gibson Viking Movie
Word about this project dropped in December of last year, and earlier this month, DiCaprio told us he couldn’t wait to be a part of Gibson’s take on “some of the most barbaric people ever in history.” But after Mel’s vicious phone conversations with girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva became public, it’s hard to imagine Leo wanting anything to do with this movie.
Oliver Stone is circling this detective story, with DiCaprio attached to star. The character is the hero of over 20 novels written by John D. MacDonald, with the first film to be adapted from 1964’s “The Deep Blue Good-by,” the first book in the series about a “salvage consultant” pulled into various adventures.
DiCaprio is attached to star in this thriller as a father who kidnaps and tortures the man who kidnapped his daughter. A director has yet to be announced. File this one under “wait and see.”
“The Chancellor Manuscript”
This flick would put Leo in Jason Bourne territory. Based on the novel by “Bourne” mastermind Robert Ludlum, DiCaprio would presumably star as the author of a novel about a government conspiracy theory which actually turns about to be true. “Quantum of Solace” helmer Marc Forster is attached to direct. No word yet on when production might actually begin.
“Brave New World”
We haven’t heard anything about this one since last summer, when Ridley Scott and DiCaprio announced plans to bring an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s seminal novel to the big screen. Leo is onboard as a producer with an eye on a starring role.
Scorsese is putting this picture together, and word is that DiCaprio is a top candidate to play Ol’ Blue Eyes. When we asked him about the possibility earlier this year, he said, “I don’t know [if I’ll play him]. I have no idea, really. That’s really up to [Scorsese] and the people involved with [Sinatra’s] estate.”
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