MGM is reportedly in final negotiations for Leonardo DiCaprio to play notorious cult leader Jim Jones, who was responsible for many hundreds of deaths.

Leonardo DiCaprio is notoriously selective about his projects, and with a strong body of work to his name – not to mention seven Oscar nominations – you can see why. DiCaprio has steered clear of franchises and sequels (we’re choosing not to count 1991’s Critters 3) throughout his career, instead choosing to focus on standalone films, and his next project looks to be no different.

It has been announced that DiCaprio will be playing the American cult leader Jim Jones, the founder of the Indianapolis  People’s Temple cult that would eventually result in the 1978 Jonestown mass suicide that killed over 900 people.

MGM is backing the project, and DiCaprio is reportedly in final negotiations to star. No director has yet been named, but the script is complete and has been penned by Scott Rosenberg, who also wrote or co-wrote Con Air, High Fidelity, Gone in 60 Seconds, the new Jumanji films and Venom.

DiCaprio will next be seen leading Adam McKay’s star-packed ensemble cast in Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, releasing at the end of the year, before appearing in Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon for Apple. We’ll bring you more on the Jim Jones project, including who will be directing the film, as we hear it.


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