According to Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to play Grigori Rasputin for Warner Bros. upcoming historical biopic titled Rasputin. DiCaprio will co-produce the film that will be developed as a starring vehicle for him. The project comes from suddenly hot screenwriter Jason Hall who penned the script for American Sniper, which will star Bradley Cooper.
The so-called ‘mad monk’, Rasputin was a Russian mystic and a notorious intrigant at the Russian tsarist court who was finally assassinated in 1916, but within three months of his death, Tsar Nicholas II lost his throne, and the imperial family were imprisoned.
His life has inspired numerous films worldwide including the Josée Dayan-directed 2011 film for television called Raspoutine that starred Gérard Depardieu as the title character, as well as 1996s HBO biopic, Rasputin, aka ‘Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny’, starring Alan Rickman.
Deadline is also reporting that DiCaprio became interested in headlining Rasputin because Hall’s pitch uncovered some history about the controversial mystic like his 12-year long travels across Europe and the evidence that he had a twin brother who died early.
DiCaprio is poised to take a break from acting for a little because filming three movies (The Great Gatsby, Django Unchained, and The Wolf of Wall Street) in two years has left him exhausted.
And there’s also no word on who will direct the film, but it will be one that I’ll keep my eye on.