DiCaprio to Star in 'Rasputin' Movie in Development at Warner Bros

June 7, 2013
Source: Deadline

Leonardo DiCaprio

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.

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  • Linkfx
    It would be cool. But in my opinion he's played too many crazy people recently.
  • Triton
    Would love to see David Fincher take on something like this. I've always loved the sense of atmosphere in his films.
  • Marcus
    This has Oscar written all over it.
  • Avi
    everything di caprio does is oke! He is realy a great actor...
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    Wasn't he supposed to take a break from acting after The Wolf of Wall Street? Not complaining though.
    • Chiroptera Exsanguination
      yeah why is no one talking about that? this is the first thing that came to mind
      • Isildur_of_Numenor
        Guess everyone forgot or assumed he's not taking that long of a break. I don't know...
  • rocky728
    Wow, I'm sold already. I find Rasputin's story very interesting and having DiCaprio as the lead makes for an even more interesting choice. I would've tried to cast an older, skinnier, scruffier looking sort but make-up and acting skills should be the equalizer
  • Delin Col√≥n
    There was nothing 'mad' about Rasputin. We know he was a healer, a champion of the underdog and downtrodden, and he was anti-war. He was especially horrified at the ethnic cleansing (pogroms) conducted by the military. It was a time when anti-Semitism was government policy, as evidenced by the laws restricting Jews to live in a certain area (The Pale of Settlement), barring them from educations and many occupations. The worst were the raids wherein entire towns of Jews were tortured and slaughtered. To be against war (this was during WW I) and to advocate equal rights for Jews (who were all considered spies and thieves) were stances that were considered treasonous by society. Even worse, Rasputin had many progressive ideas for economic and social reform that threatened the nobility. Read "RASPUTIN: The Memoirs of His Secretary" by Aron Simanovitch, just translated into English and annotated for historical accuracy. Rasputin was a wild guy, but not the monster the aristocracy tried to depict him as. The demonic myth is based on the rumors the nobles spread to discredit him.
  • Alexander
    Anyone know by any chance who is a casting director for the Rasputin? Thank you
    "I feel he is a perfect fit", "something intriguing about DiCaprio playing Rasputin"... What kind of writing its? I am not interested what the writer "feeling" is -its vague and unsubstantiated. Why Caprio? I love that actor, but being Russian and knowing a big deal about the period and Rasputin I can't be agree with this casting choice. I don't believe he posses the tools to depict a necessary intensity and psychological depth of the most complex character in the human history




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