Leonardo DiCaprio may be grabbing on the mantle of essaying the debatable figure, Jim Jones in a biopic and is reportedly in final conversations to undertake the role of the cult leader. As per The Hollywood Reporter, DiCaprio will feature and produce the project that has been written by Scott Rosenberg. The approaching movie has already been picked up by MGM.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DiCaprio will depict a controversial figure who was the leader of the religious group known as the Peoples Temple. Jim Jones was noted to be responsible for one of the biggest mass deaths in history as he organized a group suicide that alleged the lives of 909 people on November 18, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana.
Jones’ tale has already been covered in novels and documentaries comprising Truth and Lies: Jonestown, Paradise Lost. The cult leader was reportedly recognized for his faith healing skills. Assuming DiCaprio’s acting mettle, this project could arise to be his next Oscar candidate. In the past, the actor hasn’t shied away from depicting real-life characters onscreen in movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street and more.
In the meantime, the actor will be next seen in Don’t Look Up featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep among others. The Adam McKay movie will release in theatres as well as on Netflix. Leonardo also has another movie, Martin Scorsese on Killers of the Flower Moon that will be having a streaming release on Apple TV+ in line.