Leonardo DiCaprio is making not one but two movies about animal poaching in an effort to raise awareness of the issue to a mainstream audience. After years in development, they are finally moving into pre-production.
Both films are still unnamed and being produced by Warner Bros. The first is a thriller in the same style as “Traffic.”’ It’s been in development for two years, with writer Will Staples recently announced for the screenplay. Staples has previously worked on the script for “Mission: Impossible 5″ and an unnamed geopolitical thriller with Ben Affleck - so he’s no stranger to telling a fast-paced, intense story. DiCaprio and his buddies Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy will co-produce the picture and possibly also act in it.
The second film in development will also be co-produced by the three actors – with Hardy set to star in the leading role. It’s being penned by veteran writer Sheldon Turner (“X-Men:First Class”, “Up in the Air”) and takes place in Africa; with Hardy’s character, a former special forces soldier, training rangers to fight against elephant and rhino poachers.
The subject of poaching and the slaughtering of animals is a subject close to the hearts of the producers DiCaprio has donated millions to organizations that protect elephants and tigers from poachers, Maguire is an avid vegan and Hardy has hosted a TV doc on the poaching crisis in Africa.
We can’t wait until they’re released!