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Leonardo DiCaprio is Next in Line for ‘Prisoners’

Leonardo DiCaprio is moving from one thriller, the recently released Shutter Island, to another, the upcoming Aaron Guzikowski-scripted drama Prisoners. The film has been making the rounds for a while — at one point Antoine Fuqua was set to direct, but has since moved on. According to Deadline Hollywood, the film follows “a small-town carpenter who takes matters into his own hands when is daughter and her friend are kidnapped.”

It is very much Mystic River meets Taken, as DH’s Mike Fleming points out. And for DiCaprio, the whole thing will come down to who is directing. He’s worked with top talent lately, the likes of Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes and Martin Scorsese, so there’s no doubt that he will be looking for another name before he steps onto the set of this film. According to Fleming, DiCaprio will likely make another movie first.

If we remember correctly, this project at one time had both Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg attached to it. Going back further, this project was once rumored to be on the desk of Brian Singer, who wanted to direct. That was somewhere in the neighborhood of early 2009. Considering the history, this is one project I will believe when I see it. Or at the very least, when it starts shooting.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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