“Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Bay Team for Rwandan Cycling Movie,” reads a headline over at The Hollywood Reporter, and while that’s technically true it is perhaps a bit misleading if you’re just reading headlines. Bay and DiCaprio are indeed teaming up for the film, a based-on-a-true-story drama centered around the Rwandan national cycling team, but the pair are on board as co-producers, not as director and star.
The film doesn’t yet have a script, as it is still in early developmental stages, but it centers on Jacques “Jock” Boyer, the first American cyclist to ever race in the Tour de France. The Hollywood Reporter describes Boyer’s story as follows:
The film will be set up at Paramount, with Bay and DiCaprio producing under their respective production outfits Bay Films and Appian Way Productions. Oscar nominee Orlando von Einsiedel, who directed Virunga — which DiCaprio executive produced — is attached to helm the project.