After directing Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the country music drama Crazy Heart, helmer Scott Cooper is looking to make a considerable leap forward in terms of scope and ensemble with this fall’s Out of the Furnace. The thriller, with a tone reportedly not dissimilar to No Country For Old Men, has Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, Boyd Holbrook and more in tow. Now Cooper is already looking towards his next project, and according to Deadline, has bagged another major star, one who is also a producer of Furnace.
Despite taking an “extended hiatus” from acting following Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, it looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is getting back in the game. Warner Bros. has now picked Michael Armour‘s novel The Road Home for Cooper to adapt, direct and produce alongside DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way. And, of course, DiCaprio is eyeing the lead role in the drama.
Set in the Depression-era, the film would follow DiCaprio as Creek, described as a “a war-scarred rancher on the Central California coast who finds himself entangled in scandal when he is asked to investigate the brutal murder of a local man, a case that local police have swept under the rug.” Cooper is clearly an actor’s director, so we’re looking forward to seeing what he can get out of DiCaprio. Even though he needs his well-deserved break, we would be lying if we didn’t want to see him back up on the screen, especially after his ridiculously fun role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained.
Would you like to see DiCaprio take The Road Home with Cooper?
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