DiCaprio Negotiating ‘Blood Diamond’

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Variety is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is currently in negotiations to star in the dramatic thriller The Blood Diamond for Warner Bros. and writer/director Ed Zwick.

If DiCaprio signs on this will become his next feature as he is currently filming The Departed, his third film with director Martin Scorsese.

The Blood Diamond is set in Sierra Leone circa 1999, a time when the nation was in the midst of a horrific civil war. DiCaprio would play the role of a smuggler who specializes in the sale of “blood diamonds,” also known as “conflict diamonds” — the precious stones used to finance rebellions, privateers and terrorists.

When the smuggler encounters an indigenous Mende farmer whose young son has disappeared into the RUF’s army of child soldiers, the two men’s fates become linked.

Filming on Blood Diamond is currently eyeing an early 2007 start so that DiCaprio can then turn his attention to the Warner remake of For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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