Leo DiCaprio Working With Ridley Scott on Body of Lies
Some Monday morning casting news for you to drudge over after Easter weekend. The novel Body of Lies, written by David Ignatius, is being adapted by Warner Brothers with Ridley Scott (Gladiator, A Good Year) as the director. The other good news is that they've brought on screenwriter William Monahan, who won an Oscar for his work on The Departed, and also as mentioned, Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the film, too.
Personally, I'm not using the term "reuniting" because I highly doubt Monahan and DiCaprio had much interaction together during The Departed, but at least he'll be reading from another great script Monahan's written. The book is about an ex-journalist-turned CIA agent, played by DiCaprio, who's sent to Amman to work with Jordan's intelligence chief to track an Al Qaeda leader rumored to be planning attacks against America. Scott already is scouting venues for shooting with production planned to start in the fall. I'm not sure whether the increasing trend of Middle East or Iraq "action" films is going to turn out anything good, but hopefully Ridley Scott can pull something enjoyable out of it that isn't just one big political message.