Leonardo DiCaprio Goes Viking for Mel Gibson

December 16, 2009  |  10:45am

For his next film, Mel Gibson is planning another period piece. Adding to his repertoire of Braveheart (1995), The Passion of the Christ (2004) and Apocalypto (2006), Variety’s blogs recently announced that Mel Gibson’s newest film will be an as-yet-untitled period piece about vikings starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

No plot details are available on the Norse film yet, but according to Variety, Graham King is slated to produce it on behalf of his GK Films along with Gibson’s Icon Productions. The screenwriter will be William Monahan.

Although Leo has never acted in a Gibson-directed film before, King and Monahan seem to be the links here. The Oscar-winning The Departed, starring DiCaprio, was produced by King and written by Monahan, and upcoming thriller The Edge of Darkness, starring Gibson, was also produced and written by the pair.

In addition to Edge of Darkness (Jan. 29), Gibson just wrapped the creepy-cutesy, hand puppet movie The Beaver (no release date yet), directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster. DiCaprio will appear in Martin Scorcese’s Shutter Island (Feb. 19) and just wrapped Christopher Nolan’s Inception (summer 2010).

The viking movie is set to begin shooting in the fall of 2010, and no release date has been set yet. No distributor has been lined up for it either but Gibson and King both generally make their films first, apart from the big studios, and then line up distribution deals for the finished products later.

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