A Trio for
Leo three major new projects
for Mr Di Caprio in the offing!
With Leonardo DiCaprio privately telling his
friends he nixed the second new Star Wars movie
because the script was so bad, the superstar who just starred in
The Beach is deciding which film to make next.
After an unsuccessful attempt to collaborate on a movie about Hollywood legend
James Dean, director Michael Mann and DiCaprio
(who have long wanted to work together) have signed with Disney for a film
portrait of another larger-than-life figure, Howard Hughes.
If the two cant wait for the Hughes
project, they may turn to The Inside Man, a
fact-based father-son story involving police and politics which Mann wrote. Not
only that, discussions were under way between writer Mario Puzo and director Francis
Ford Coppola to bring the fourth instalment of The
Godfather saga to the screen with DiCaprio and Andy Garcia already confirmed as headliners. Although
the storyline is not known, and Puzos recent death may well stop the
production developing any further, sources say that the structure is in the
vein of The Godfather Part II in that it will
incorporate flashbacks and tell two different stories set in the past and
A Bird in the Hand
is worth two
in the ring?
After making four films in a row together, actor Robert
Carlyle and director Antonia Bird are
planning to take their creative collaboration to a new level. They will
co-direct the bio-pic Benny Lynch, based on the
true story of a Scottish boxer in the Thirties who hit the skids after becoming
world champion. Carlyle will star as the title character. Hot from the new
James Bond set where Carlyle is playing the villain Renard, he exclusively told
Film Review, Ive wanted to make the
movie for 16 years because my father actually saw Benny box in Glasgow in the
Thirties. Its very much a rags-to-riches to rags story and Im
really excited about it.
Cameron Takes a Trip Diaz
leads a terrorist campaign?
Cameron Diaz is currently up to her neck in
hard drugs and left-wing radical politics. Relax thats only in her
latest movie The Invisible Circus which is now
shooting in Paris. In the Adam Brooks directed thriller, Diaz plays Faith, a
high school prom queen who dabbles with the drug-taking of the West Coast
counter-culture in the Seventies, leaves her native San Francisco and joins a
terror group in Germany. One of the flashback sequences involves LSD according
to the director. Theres lots of experimenting. Faith is pushing the
envelope, but her true commitment is political. Faith dies mysteriously
and, six years later, her younger sister (played by Jordana Brewster, star of
The Faculty) sets out to investigate. The search
starts in Paris. The key to the mystery lies with Faiths last boyfriend
and fellow revolutionary Wolf, played by Christopher
Eccleston. Id been unemployed for a year until this came
along, the Elizabeth star told Film Review.
What a relief!
New Merchant Ivory Will Northam Bowl them
Jeremy Northam, a fixture in art-house fare with
The Winslow Boy and An Ideal
Husband, has joined the cast of Merchant Ivorys new $20 million
production The Golden Bowl. Northam stars with
Nick Nolte, Uma
Thurman, Anjelica Huston and
Kate Beckinsale in the adaptation of the Henry
James classic 1904 novel about wealthy expatriate Americans trying to maintain
a surface of propriety despite romantic betrayals. Director James Ivory begin
shooting in August from a script by his usual writer, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala