Warner Bros. and Appian Way are developing Jason Hall's script pitch for "Rasputin", the controversial Russian mystic who became an advisor to the Imperial family the Romanovs in the early 20th century. The project is being developed with Leonardo DiCaprio in mind to play the kooky, title character.
Many felt Rasputin, warmly known as the Mad Monk, had too much negative influence over Tsar Nicholas II, and he was eventually killed in 1916 after many failed attempts from his rivals. The belief was that he played with magic and the dark arts and never had the betterment of Russia or the Rominov family in mind. I personally learned this trivia from the charming animated film, "Anastastia", which was voiced by Meg Ryan.
While some may argue that physically, DiCaprio doesn't look anything like the mysterious man, isn't that what make-up and movie magic are for? From his more recent film endeavors including "The Great Gatsby" and "Django Unchained", to "What's Eating GIlbert Grape?", the film that first put him on the map, DiCaprio has more than proven he's one of the most talented actors working today. If he wants to go all Johnny Depp and try his hand at a more theatrical and physically transformative character, I think he deserves to go for the challenge and I have no doubt, he will excel at it.
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