Leonardo DiCaprio and Dennis Lehane Will 'Live by Night'

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Leonardo DiCaprio is headed for a life of crime.

The future "Great Gatsby" himself has optioned the rights to author Dennis Lehane's latest tale of Boston lawbreakers, "Live by Night," as a starring vehicle for himself, according to Deadline.

"Live by Night" incorporates some characters from Lehane's sprawling period novel, "The Given Day," and brings them into the era of Prohibition. The book is scheduled to be published this fall.

Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to the hardboiled yet oddly whimsical world of Dennis Lehane, having starred in the adaptation of "Shutter Island" in 2010. All of Lehane's film adaptations to date have been highly successful, including Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" and Ben Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone."

"Live by Night" will be produced under DiCaprio's Appian Way banner. No director has been announced yet, but we can certainly see Leo slipping a copy of the manuscript under Martin Scorsese's door.

Meanwhile, we'll be getting a double dose of Leonardo DiCaprio this Christmas, as both Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" are set to be released on Dec. 25.