Leonardo DiCaprio may be one of the most sought after actors working in Hollywood but that doesn't mean he can't take time out of his busy schedule to produce and star in a movie set in the fast-growing world of online gambling.
MTV has the story
[DiCaprio] is set to explore the world of online poker in an untitled project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio and Paramount have picked up an untitled pitch from Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Leo star and produce via his Appian Way banner.
Details on the story are scarce, but it is set in the world of Costa Rica-based online casinos. I’m not even sure what’s particularly noteworthy about that, but according to CBS News, Costa Rica is the Internet’s Las Vegas, and there’s a bit of a wild west mentality going on with all of the online casinos that have set up shop there. There’s a lot of money flying around, loose restrictions and no taxes… so yes, there’s probably a very good movie in there.
No start date for the project is set, but as I said earlier, DiCaprio has an enormous list of films in pre-production. For the time being, at least, he’ll be working on Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.”
The writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien have certainly proven that they can write a compelling gambling movie, having penned the fantastic cult hit Rounders and Ocean's Thirteen (which I rate on an equal footing to the first Ocean's movie) and I'm sure DiCaprio will make an excellent leading man so mark me down as excited for this project. Hopefully it will give me a greater appreciation of the online poker world, of which I am a big fan.