DiCaprio to Star in 'Rasputin' Movie in Development at Warner Bros
DiCaprio as Rasputin? He's ideal! It's being reported on Deadline that Warner Bros has acquired a script written by Jason Hall (Paranoia, American Sniper) for a movie about Rasputin, the Russian mystic who became an advisor to the Russian Imperial family, The Romanovs, before being brutally killed. Currently attached in the role of Rasputin is three-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio. Apparently there was something about the ruthless Russian mystic which Hall uncovered and put into the script that intrigued DiCaprio enough to agree to the role. I just have a feeling about this that seems like a completely perfect fit.
The project, titled just Rasputin, is being produced by Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Peter Morgan and Langley Park's Kevin McCormick. Hall has been a major name around town since his script American Sniper landed Spielberg as director; he's also working on adapting the David Finkel book Thank You For Your Service. The news report states that "there were new elements here unearthed by Hall that sparked DiCaprio's interest and gave psychological depth to the so called 'mad monk.' To his enemies, he was a charlatan who prolifically bedded women... DiCaprio liked the complicated elements of a child who lost the better part of himself when his brother died, and was capable of kindness but also a ruthlessness."
No director is attached yet, but we'll be keeping an eye on this especially with DiCaprio. The deal was just made this week and it's still in the very early development stages. However, there's certainly something intriguing about DiCaprio playing Grigori Rasputin coming off of the roles in The Great Gatsby and Django Unchained. I just hope they get a director like Guy Ritchie or Joe Wright to bring some new life to this story.