What’s next for Leonardo DiCaprio? Here’s a list of every upcoming movie starring the Oscar winner, including Killers of the Flower Moon.
What’s next for Leonardo DiCaprio? In 2019, he re-invigorated his big-screen career as actor Rick Dalton in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and starred in Netflix’s horror-comedy satire Don’t Look Up in 2021. Based on his upcoming projects, DiCaprio seems to be returning to biopics, and, as he is always busy, both as a performer and producer, fans are naturally curious to know which movies he’ll be involved with next.
Though many people believe that Titanic made DiCaprio a proper movie star, he’d already co-starred with Robert De Niro in two dramas before then (This Boy’s Life, Marvin’s Room), and also delivered standout performances in a string of high-profile films like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Romeo + Juliet, among others. In his latest project Don’t Look Up, DiCaprio plays an astronomer trying to prevent the impending destruction of Earth by a gigantic comet. While Don’t Look Up has received mixed reviews from critics, DiCaprio’s performance, which isn’t a far cry from his real-life contributions to environmental activism, has been lauded.
DiCaprio has a slew of movies slated for future release. As a producer, DiCaprio has dozens of credits to his name and plans to add more. As an actor, DiCaprio seems to thrive when working with the iconic Martin Scorsese — they have collaborated 5 times so far in the 21st century — and the duo seemingly have more projects on the way. With that said, some movies have indeed been stuck in Development Hell for years. Here’s what to expect for DiCaprio’s career next.
Killers Of The Flower Moon
Killers of the Flower Moon is DiCaprio’s next movie with Martin Scorsese. It will also be his second project with Robert De Niro. Based on David Grann’s 2017 book of the same name, the film centers on the murders of wealthy Native Americans in 1920s Oklahoma. The narrative parallels the creation of the F.B.I., with DiCaprio starring as a ruthless businessman named Ernest Burkhart. In November 2020, screenwriter Eric Roth revealed (via the “Script Notes” podcast) that DiCaprio forced script changes, stating “He won half of [the arguments]. I won half of them. So that’s happening.” Killers of the Flower Moon co-stars Robert De Niro as a Texas cattleman named William Hale and Brendan Fraser as WS Hamilton. It has begun filming in Oklahoma.
The Black Hand
Based on Stephan Talty’s eponymous 2017 book titled “The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society,” The Black Hand will star DiCaprio pursuing what will become the modern American mafia as legendary New York City cop Joseph Petrosino. Twenty-five years after joining the NYPD, the Sicilian-American Petrosino headed the “Italian Squad” and battled an organized crime syndicate known as “The Black Hand,” which would later evolve into what is known today as the mafia. The film’s narrative follows Petrosino’s attempts to stop an Italian-American gang in New York City. The Black Hand adaption was announced in February 2017 and remains in the pre-production phase.
The Devil In The White City
In 2010, DiCaprio acquired the movie rights for Erik Larson’s 2003 book The Devil in the White City. The storyline follows a Chicago doctor named H. H. Holmes, who is now widely recognized as America’s first serial killer. DiCaprio was originally scheduled to star with Scorsese attached to direct; however, the adaption will now reportedly be a miniseries on the streaming service Hulu. DiCaprio and Scorsese will still executive produce the project.
Based on the life of former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, this biopic will star DiCaprio in the title role. The project was announced way back in September 2017, with Scorsese set to direct. DiCaprio was reportedly drawn to the movie because of the subject’s legacy as a conservationist of American forests and parks. Given that Leonardo DiCaprio and Scorsese have started filming Killers of the Flower Moon, it seems that Roosevelt may not happen for several years.
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