Leonardo DiCaprio is very interested in taking on the lead role in a new film called Prisoners, a Warner Bros. Pictures suspense thriller that Antoine Fuqua was going to direct but has since dropped out of. There have also been many names that have been associated with the film such as Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Mark Wahlberg. I'm not sure who is involved now at this point.
The film was written by Aaron Guzikowski, and their is a lot of praise surrounding his script, which made the most recent Black List of best unproduced screenplays. Here's a description of what the film is about.
After a man's 6-year-old daughter and her friend are kidnapped, a small-town carpenter butts heads with a young, brash detective in charge of the investigation. The father is a Bible-reading, deer-hunting survivalist. The cop, meanwhile, can’t wait to get back to the city. Feeling failed by the law, the father captures the man he believes responsible and begins to torture him in a desperate attempt to find out what he did with the girls, whom he’s convinced are still alive.
The film's premise is very similar to a movie I saw up at The Sundance film Festival this year called 7 Days, which I thought was a great revenge film. The difference between the two movies, one guy knows his daughter is dead, the other thinks his daughter is alive. Prisoners definitely has the makings of a very intense film.
DiCaprio wants to play the small-town carpenter who takes matters into his own hands when his daughter and her friend are kidnapped. His attachment to the film will all depend on who ends up directing it. He's very picky with his directors, and there are only a few who he'll work with. I think he's a great actor and he'll do great in the role if he ends up taking it.
Alcon Entertainment partners Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are producing with Kira Davis and Adam Kohlbrenner. DiCaprio can currently be seen in theaters in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, which he is absolutely incredible in. Then in July you'll be able to see him in Christopher Nolan's Inception.
It should be cool to see how this all comes together.