Leonardo DiCaprio Starring in Mel Gibson's New Viking Epic
by Alex Billington
December 13, 2009
Remember that mysterious Mel Gibson movie that will be shooting at a prison in Veracruz, Mexico? Well, according to Variety, Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Gibson's new untitled period drama about Viking culture. The script is being written by Oscar winner William Monahan (The Departed, Body of Lies, Edge of Darkness). The people in charge confirmed the project but would not divulge many details. DiCaprio, who has long been fascinated by Viking culture, will play one in a storyline that will be as "unsparing" as Gibson's other period directing efforts: Braveheart, Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto. This sounds pretty cool.
"This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry's finest cinematic talent, and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill,” producer Graham King said in a statement after the principals confirmed the project to Variety. Shooting is expected to begin in fall 2010, meaning that if everything falls into place, it would be the next directing effort from Gibson. Apparently all my guesses about what this movie would be about were completely wrong. Though now I'm a bit worried, as the last few viking movies (Pathfinder, Outlander) haven't been that great. DiCaprio better put on a lot of muscle, too!