What’s next for Leonardo DiCaprio? In 2019, he re-invigorated his big-screen career as Rick Dalton in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but hasn’t appeared in any other movies since his Oscar-winning performance in the 2015 film The Revenant. DiCaprio always has projects in the works, both as a performer and producer, and so fans are naturally curious to know which movies are more than just rumors.
In pop culture, many people believe that Titanic made DiCaprio a proper movie star. Before headlining James Cameron’s blockbuster, though, he’d already co-starred with Robert De Niro in two dramas (This Boy’s Life, Marvin’s Room), and also delivered standout performances in a string of high-profile films: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Basketball Diaries, The Quick and the Dead, and Romeo + Juliet. So, DiCaprio was undoubtedly a legit movie star before Titanic elevated him into superstardom.
During the 21st century, DiCaprio has collaborated with the iconic Martin Scorsese five times and starred in arguably the best movie of the 2010s, Christopher Nolan’s Inception. He’s also collaborated with Quentin Tarantino for high-profile films, too. As a performer, DiCaprio seems to thrive when working with Scorsese, and the duo seemingly have more projects on the way. With that said, some movies have indeed been stuck in Development Hell for years. Here’s what to expect for DiCaprio’s career moving forward.
Written and directed by Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up reportedly has a budget of $75 million. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as astronomers who realize that an asteroid may collide with Earth. The comedy follows the protagonists on a media tour, as they attempt to explain scientific facts to the public. Don’t Look Up began filming in November 2020, and is scheduled for a 2021 release. The film co-stars Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, and Himesh Patel. Numerous celebrities will make cameos in Don’t Look Up, including Ariana Grande, Matthew Perry, and Kid Cudi. According to McKay (via Rolling Stone), the narrative parallels real-world American politics:
“The whole idea is that the President doesn’t understand the science and kind of soft-sells it and the urgency is kind of lost.”
Killers of the Flower Moon is DiCaprio’s latest collaboration with Martin Scorsese. Based on David Grann’s eponymous 2017 book, the film centers on the murders of wealthy Native Americans in 1920s Oklahoma. The narrative parallels the creation of the F.B.I., with DiCaprio starring as a ruthless businessman named Ernest Burkhart. In November 2020, screenwriter Eric Roth revealed (via the “Script Notes” podcast) that DiCaprio forced script changes, stating “He won half of [the arguments]. I won half of them. So that’s happening.” Killers of the Flower Moon co-stars Robert De Niro as a Texas cattleman named William Hale, and will reportedly begin filming in March 2021.
Based on Stephan Talty’s eponymous 2017 book titled “The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society”, The Black Hand stars DiCaprio as the legendary New York City cop Joseph Petrosino. Twenty-five years after joining the NYPD, the Sicilian-American Petrosino headed the “Italian Squad” and battled an organized crime syndicate known as “The Black Hand,” which would later evolve into what is known today as the American Mafia. The film’s narrative follows Petrosino’s attempts to stop an Italian-American gang in New York City. The Black Hand adaption was announced in February 2017, and remains in the pre-production phase.
In 2010, DiCaprio acquired the movie rights for Erik Larson’s 2003 book The Devil in the White City. The storyline follows a Chicago doctor named H. H. Holmes, who is now widely recognized as America’s first serial killer. DiCaprio was originally scheduled to star, and with Scorsese on board as director, however the adaption will now reportedly be a Hulu mini-series. DiCaprio and Scorsese will still executive produce the project.
Based on the life of former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, this biopic will star DiCaprio in the title role. The project was announced way back in September 2017, with Scorsese set to direct. DiCaprio was reportedly drawn to the movie because of the subject’s legacy as a conservationist of American forests and parks. Given that Leonardo DiCaprio and Scorsese will start filming Killers of the Flower Moon in March 2021, it seems that Roosevelt may not happen for several years.