Leonardo DiCaprio Could Play Math Wizard Alan Turing For Warner Bros.
Leonardo DiCparioís never been in danger of being pigeonholed as an actor. The versatile talent easily transitions from role to role, whether heís playing a con artist (Catch Me If You Can), a brilliant entrepreneur (The Aviator) or an undercover agent (The Departed). So as he prepares the play a vicious plantation owner in Quentin Tarantinoís Django Unchained, itís no real surprise that the A-listerís lining up a future project the sounds completely different.
DiCaprio is keen to play Alan Turing for Warner Bros., according to Deadline. Donít feel bad if you didnít know Turing was a math genius, a numbers wizard used to crack enemy codes in WWII. DiCaprio reportedly has been chasing down the manís life story, and first-time screenwriter Graham Moore has penned a treatment that Warner grabbed for DiCaprio to headline. Deadline adds that Ron Howard might be interested in directing, but that man has a slew of projects on this plate, so take that with a grain of salt.
Mooreís script, titled The Imitation Game, is earning raves. The manís life is a tragedy. For those who donít know, he was a tortured soul torn apart by his closeted homosexuality. That immediately calls to mind DiCparioís next role, J. Edgar Hoover, also for Warner. But Turingís story Ė which doesnít end well Ė is drawing comparisons to A Beautiful Mind and The Kingís Speech Just potentially more depressing. In the right hands, and with DiCaprio in the lead, The Imitation Game has Oscar potential. But a lot can happen between purchased-script and finished film. Weíll keep you posted on details as they emerge.
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