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Robin Hood rides into Croatia for new film produced by Leo

ZAGREB (AFP) – After hosting Star Wars and Game Of Thrones, Croatia’s Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik was transformed into medieval Nottingham on Monday for a Leonardo DiCaprio-produced adaptation of Robin Hood.

With a budget of between US$70 million (S$99 million) and US$100 million, according to local media, Robin Hood: Origins is set to be the most expensive movie ever filmed in the country.

British actor Taron Egerton stars as Robin and Oscar-winning Jamie Foxx portrays Little John in the film, which is directed by Britain’s Otto Bathurst. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions is one of the producers.

“I searched for Nottingham for three months in England but without success, and when I saw Dubrovnik I knew that was it,” Bathurst told Croatian media ahead of filming.

For the next two weeks the crew will shoot in the historic streets and port of the popular tourist city, which is a Unesco World Heritage site and former Renaissance trading power and cultural centre.

Bathurst said his Robin Hood would be different from previous versions of the famous tale, but remained as relevant as ever.

“It will be an entertainment movie with a subtext on corruption and the power of an individual to change what he knows is not true,” the director was quoted as saying by the Novi list newspaper.

“It will reflect the rule of the one per cent over the 99 per cent.”

The movie is set to be released in the United States in March next year.

Last year, Dubrovnik was a backdrop to scenes in the latest Star Wars blockbuster. Since 2011 the city has also doubled as King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms in the hit HBO fantasy series Games of Thrones.

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Movie Talk: Black Manta Cast in ‘Aquaman;’ Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in ‘The Black Hand’

According to Deadline, Paramount has acquired the rights to the Stephan Talty’s book “The Black Hand”. The true story about the origins of the mafia in America follows Joe Petrosino-an NYPD cop who goes after the ruthless gang in the early 1900s. The perpetrators left a calling card of the symbol of a black hand. Detective Petrosino is determined to capture the members of the criminal organization, and his task takes him all the way to Sicily. So basically, DiCaprio’s going to play a guy dubbed “Italian Sherlock Holmes” and the battle mob.

It is reported that they are currently looking for a screenwriter to adapt Talty’s book. DiCaprio’s previous portrayals into true-life have been so successful. It is no surprise to hear that the actor is set to take that route again in his upcoming film. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell of The Gotham Group will produce for the Gotham Group and Appian Way.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Wants To Fight Italian Gangs In An Upcoming Project

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After turning in an Academy Award winning performance in The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio decided it was a good time to take a break from acting. With the harrowing effort he’d put into the lead of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Oscar contender, some time off was inevitable in the name of recharging. Now, however, it looks like DiCaprio is ready to come back, and with a true life story about a New York cop going up against the Italian mob.

Deadline has picked up on the news that Academy Award winner DiCaprio is currently attached to star in The Black Hand, an adaptation of the forthcoming true crime book by author Stephan Talty. Based on the true story of New York cop Joe Petrosino, the book tells the story of how his status as an Italian immigrant set him up as the right man to attempt taking down the titular criminal organization. The Black Hand’s period of operation was around the turn of the century, with Petrosino putting a good number of their members away before his untimely death in 1909. It’s a project rife with all the sort of stuff Leonardo DiCaprio is famous for.

For starters, it’s a period piece, and we all know how much DiCaprio gravitates towards those. Not to mention, it overlaps with a similar period of history that occupies another project he’s been circling, Martin Scorsese’s The Devil In The White City. How The Black Hand will effect that project’s development is yet to be seen. What we do know is since this more current project is still looking for a writer, there may be a good chance that his Scorsese project still gets made before The Black Hand goes before cameras.

However, another good reason that Leonardo DiCaprio is taking this project on is because of its political relevance. With all of the talk of immigration in the United States today, The Black Hand could serve as a springboard to discuss such issues in an historical context. It’s the sort of message that the actor has always seemed fond of, and it’s something that could put him in the Academy’s good graces yet again. Which is a good thing, because it sure as hell doesn’t look like he’ll ever get to make The Given Day any time soon, what with its sequel Live By Night failing so hard at the box office that it may have cost Ben Affleck his director’s chair on The Batman.

The Black Hand is both a detective story and a meditation on immigration, at least that’s what it sounds like in the rundown we read. It’s the type of movie that can both be entertaining, while serving a social purpose. So long as they mix the two properly, this film could pack a bigger punch than anyone would expect. The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History will be available for purchase on April 21st, with the film adaptation currently searching for a writer to join the project. When we have new information, we’ll let you know immediately.

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Celebs who will present awards at the 89th Oscars include last year’s winners in each of the acting categories: Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor), Brie Larson (Best Actress), Mark Rylance (Best Supporting Actor) and Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress).

Don’t miss the 89th Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. ET| 4 p.m. PT LIVE on ABC.

Source: ABC