Oh, Leonardo DiCaprio. You sure know how to pick your roles. Deadline is reporting that the hottie actor has signed on to star in Warner Bros. adaptation of Don Winslow’s “Satori”. DiCaprio will play play a Westerner, raised in Japan and taught an assassin’s skills, who gets caught up in the chaos of post-WWII as the U.S., Soviet Union, France and China maneuver for power in Southeast Asia in the early 1950s.
Getting into specifics, here’s the novel’s plot via Winslow’s official site:
It is the fall of 1951, and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu, or “naked kill,” is fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary “proximity sense” – an extra-awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world’s most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him.
The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: to go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union’s commissioner to China. It’s almost certainly a suicide mission, but Hel accepts. Now he must survive chaos, violence, suspicion, and betrayal while trying to achieve his ultimate goal of satori – the possibility of true understanding and harmony with the world.
Deadline also goes on to report that this is the second major studio deal for a Winslow bestseller, with director Oliver Stone completing production last week on “Savages”, which Salerno, Winslow and Stone scripted and which stars Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta, Salma Hayek and Emile Hirsch.
“Satori” has a script written by Shane Salerno, with Winslow as a co-writer, and John Lesher’s Grisdi Productions and DiCaprio’s Appian Way partner Jennifer Killoran are producing. Salerno is executive producer.
DiCaprio will next be seen in Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” and is currently filming Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” with Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan and after that, will begin work on Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”.