Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Set to Reunite for Upcoming Film “The Wager”

Sometimes a cinematic pairing between actor and director works so well that fans eagerly anticipate any future teaming’s between the two: Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra, John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis, Francis Ford Coppola and Al Pacino, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss. These and many more represent the epitome of two artists coming together on at least a semi-regular basis and creating some of the very best work of their respective careers.

 One of the biggest acting/directing duos of modern cinema is Oscar-winners Martin Scorsese (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, After Hours) and Leonardo DiCaprio (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). With five films thus far to their collaboration – Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and Wolf of Wall Street – and one more in postproduction (2023’s Killers of the Flower Moon), one would be forgiven for thinking that perhaps two of the most creative gents in Hollywood might have run their course and are now out and about searching for new collaborators. Thankfully, no such thing seems to be on the horizon for either as our Total Eclipse fanatics over at The Hollywood Reporter revealed late yesterday…

It was officially announced yesterday that Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will be reuniting for their seventh film together, this one entitled The Wager. Like Killers of the Flower Moon, The Wager will be produced by Apple along with production house Imperative.

 The Wager, based off of the true-life book by David Grann (who also wrote the book on which Killers of the Flower Moon is based off of), is set in the 1700s and is the story of a depleted and nearly dead crew of British ship men who have apparently survived their ship crashing onto a remote island. The men achieve celebrity with their tales of white-knuckle survival – until the day when another even more beaten up ship arrives on the scene with three survivors claiming that the newfound celebrities are instead mutineers who left them for dead. Uh-oh, better get Maaco!

Grann’s The Wager has major heat attached to it, even though the book proper will not see official release until April of 2023. Apple, obviously one not to rest on its laurels, quickly snagged the rights to the book and Scorsese, always with a good eye for projects, fell into line to direct with his longtime muse DiCaprio signing on to lead the feature film. Sounds like the real winners here are the fans of substantive films. Celebrate Ladies and Gents – We now have a new collaboration between two men at the top of their games!

 No word on a start-date for production on The Wager, but you can bet that we’ll keep you up to date on this intriguing-sounding film!

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