‘The Wager’: Leonardo DiCaprio will work with Martin Scorsese again in his new movie for Apple
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It is one of the strongest and most fruitful professional relationships in Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have worked together on six movies so far. The latest, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’, has yet to hit theaters and the two already have planned their next collaboration as actor and director.
Is about ‘The Wager’, adaptation of the non-fiction book ‘The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder’, written by the same author of ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’, David Grann. As revealed exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, the project has been acquired by Apple Original Films, which has acquired the rights to the still unpublished novel, which will be released in April 2023. Scorsese will direct the film with DiCaprio as the lead. Both will also serve as producers, Scorsese through Sikelia Productions and DiCaprio with his partner Jennifer Davisson and her company Appian Way Productions. Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment will also appear in the production, as well as Richard Plepler of Eden Productions.
Set in the 18th century, ‘The Wager’ begins with the arrival of a boat with 30 men on the brink of death off the coast of Brazil, after surviving a shipwreck. The crew was part of a British ship that crashed into an island in Patagonia while chasing a Spanish ship. Having survived the impossible, the castaways are welcomed as heroes. However, six months later, another ship in even worse condition appears off the coast of Chile with three sailors who accuse them of actually being mutineers. This gives rise to a battle of crossed accusations, which leads the Ministry of the Navy to hold a trial to uncover the truth about what happened.
DiCaprio and Scorsese’s professional relationship began in 2002 with ‘Gangs of New York.’ Since then, viewers have been able to enjoy their work together on ‘The Aviator’, ‘The Departed’, ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. For sure,’The Wager’ can be seen on Apple TV +, although being Scorsese, we can count on Tom Cook’s giant taking it to theaters to compete at the Oscars.
‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ in 2023
Before embarking on ‘The Wager’, Scorsese and DiCaprio will premiere ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’, also for Apple, another period drama, this time set in Oklahoma in the 1920s, which revolves around the crimes of the Osage Nation, oil-rich Native American people. The film was expected for 2022, however, the project is still in post-production and it will finally arrive in 2023, with a specific date yet to be announced.