While he still had a few months left of shooting on The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio is already looking at his next potential role. Once in the hands of James Cameron, DiCaprio will produce and star in The Crowded Room, THR reports. Based on Daniel Keyes‘ book, the true story follows Billy Milligan, the first person to “successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law,” 24 of them in fact. DiCaprio has chased the role for nearly two decades, which would find him taking part in a trial where he’s charged with rape and robbery at Ohio State University. While a new script is in the works by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, one can read Cameron’s take here for the time being as we await on news of a director.
Following up last year’s overlooked Night Moves, director Kelly Reichardt is putting the ensemble together for her next film after adding frequent collaborator Michelle Williams. Following up a rumor floated by Film Divider, Deadline reports that Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart have joined the project, which is a “series of vignettes that revolve around the lives of people in small-town Montana.” Stewart has joined as an up-and-coming Boise lawyer named Beth, who also has a teaching job in which she forms a relationship with a local woman. Williams is taking the role of an advertiser named Gina Lewis, wife to Ryan (the newly added James Le Gros), who is cheating on her with Dern’s character, an established lawyer. Lastly, newcomer Sara Rodier and Mad Men‘s Jared Harris have joined, with the latter playing “a former construction worker who was injured in a work-related accident and starts plotting a hostage attempt.”
After earning an Oscar nomination for Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has lined up a promising new role. Variety reports she’s entered talks to join Christian Bale in James Mangold‘s The Deep Blue Good-by, which was once in fact a DiCaprio project, which he’s now just producing. Based on John D. MacDonald’s book, the Dennis Lehane and Scott Frank script follows Travis McGee, “a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women.” There’s no word yet on when production might start, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s after Pike’s next project, The Mountain Between Us.
Briefly, Antoine Fuqua still believes it’s a smart idea to remake The Magnificent Seven, which remade Seven Samurai, going so far as to add actors to the film. Adding another layer to the Training Day reunion, Denzel Washington will now be joined by Ethan Hawke in the project, which follows “seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws,” Variety reports.
Which of the above projects are you most looking forward to?