New Bombshell for heart-throb DiCaprio
November 28, 2002
Film-maker LASSE HALLSTROM is to direct thriller, Bombshell, for Universal Pictures as a potential starring vehicle for Titanic star LEONARDO DICAPRIO, US trade newspaper Variety reports.
Bombshell could re-team Hallstrom and DiCaprio for the first time since the 1993 film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
But both DiCaprio and Hallstrom have busy film schedules to complete first.
DiCaprio, whose new films Catch Me If You Can and Gangs of New York are about to be released, has just signed on to a Cold War picture called The Good Shepherd which ROBERT DE NIRO is hoping to direct next autumn.
His next film will be The Aviator, a HOWARD HUGHES biopic directed by MARTIN SCORSESE and he has also committed to play Alexander the Great in a historical epic from BAZ LURHMANN, the director of hit musical Moulin Rouge.
Meanwhile, Bombshell is an adaptation of Bombshell: The Secret Story of America’s Unknown Atomic Spy Conspiracy, by two former Moscow-based journalists.
The thriller tells the story of Theodore Hall, a physics prodigy who was the youngest participant in the development of the atomic bomb.
Hall feared an American monopoly on nuclear secrets and passed classified data to the Soviet Union. He was never prosecuted, though historians claim he may have started the Cold War.