Leonardo DiCaprio May Accept ‘The Creed of Violence’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2013 at 1:49 pm,

Leonardo DiCaprio is keeping busy as ever, with word now circulating that he could add another project to his docket: The Creed of Violence, an adaptation of the western-style 2010 novel written by Boston Teran.

Multiple Academy Award-nominated actor/filmmaker Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) is attached to both adapt and direct the big screen version of Teran’s book. The project has been in the works for several years, but progress would definitely pick up should someone of DiCaprio’s stature sign on.

The Creed of Violence tells the tale of Rawbone, a hard-edged assassin who is caught smuggling weapons during the Mexican revolution of 1910. His lawyer strikes a deal that grants Rawbone immunity, so long as he accompanies Bureau of Investigations agent John Lourdes on a covert mission to infiltrate the Mexican underground crime world. However, there’s more to the deal than meets the eye, as Lourdes (unknown to everyone but himself) is actually Rawbone’s son.

According to 24 Frames, DiCaprio has been offered the chance to play either Rawbone or Lourdes in Field’s film adaptation. Depending on which (if either) part he accepts, Creed of Violence could pair DiCaprio opposite a young up-and-coming actor or against an older, more experienced veteran of the screen.

DiCaprio on the set of 'J. Edgar'

Period pieces are an old hat for DiCaprio at this point (see: Gangs of New York, Shutter Island, etc.), but he’s got a handful of intriguing ones due to arrive over the next couple of years. This fall he’ll be starring as the namesake of Clint Eastwood’s biographical drama, J. Edgar; DiCaprio will also be portraying the title character in Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic adaptation of The Great Gatsby, in the relatively near future.

Arguably the most-anticipated (and controversial) upcoming role for DiCaprio will be that of a vicious slave owner  in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, another western-flavored title. Should he also accept the role of Rawbone in Creed of Violence, the onetime Titanic heartthrob could start to make a name for himself playing villains in old-fashioned western adventures.

DiCaprio often plays characters who walk (and occasionally, cross over) the fine line between criminal and law-abiding type, but his last turn as an unrepentant bad guy was back in 1998, with The Man in the Iron Mask. It would be a nice change of pace to see DiCaprio go all-out and try his hand at being more of an unadulterated villain in his next couple of films. Of course, if he accepts the part of Lourdes, that would pave the way for an accomplished elder actor (ie. someone of Eastwood’s status) to play the no-good Rawbone instead. Either way, DiCaprio joining this project reads as a good thing.

We’ll let you know if DiCaprio signs on for The Creed of Violence, when more information has been released.

Source: LA Times

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  1. Is there any like inkling that he might accept this role? Cuz i dunno i assume he gets offered a lot of roles, doesnt rele mean much otherwise.

  2. “The project has been in the works for several years” yet the book was published in 2010? So was this supposed to be a Hollywood novel to begin with?

    • Yeah, it happens sometimes. Studios are known for grabbing the screen rights to a novel well before it’s even published.

  3. Also I’d watch anything with the Caprio in it. He’s golden.

  4. I would love to see Clint Eastwood play Raybone; or maybe Tommy Lee Jones.

    • Good point, John. I added a note at the end, to touch on just that. :-)

      • Wow, I think that’s the first time a post of mine prompted a change in an article. It’s such a wonderful Monday. (crying) The birds are singing, the sun is shining, all is right with the world!

        Get a hold of yourself, petaQ!! He just added 4 words!!!

        (sniff) Ok, I’m fine now.



        • Great … as is Kahless’ head needed to get ANY bigger. :)

          • I do have one part that can’t get any bigger!


            (with arms out) What??!!

      • I think clint eastwood retired from acting after gran torino but it would be cool if he played rawbone

        • You might be right. I’d say get Jones or Sam Elliot then.

          • sam elliot is a god!! as for clint, i heard he retired from acting with the awesome gran torino, which sucks, but clint can do as he pleases. like i always say, it’s clint eastwood’s world and we’re all just paying rent.

            • I want to see Ed Harris in this !

              • Ed harris is B.A watch a history of violence.

            • lol Clint is a Legend!

  5. The Man in The Iron Mask was great.

  6. hey, what about the spoiler alert??
    I didn’t know the end of the story…

    • As I understand it, the bit about the two main character being related isn’t really a spoiler, it’s revealed very early on in the original novel.

  7. I gather there are no other actors in La la land than DeCaprio and Renner.

  8. The first exposure I had to DeCaprio wasn’t on television, but through Sam Raimi’s The Quick and the Dead. And though Sharon Stone is miscast in the movie, as a producer she was pretty nifty to get Russell Crowe, DeCaprio, Gary Sinise, Gene Hackman, and a host of other great actors to cover for her ridiculousness in the movie. Overall, though, I like the movie. The whole Titanic thing made me sick and I think it is one of the worst DeCaprio movies. However, I’ve enjoyed his work in The Departed, The Aviator and Shutter Island a lot. Historical pieces seem to work for him as far as I’m concerned. He’s a good actor, no doubt and appears to want to continue to improve himself.


  9. The book is amazing. Could not put it down once I started reading. Fantastic stuff. I’m not sure if DiCaprio could pull off Rawbone, though, which is a great role. Still, Lourdes isn’t bad either, though a tad younger than DiCaprio. We’ll have to see what he does with J. Edgar. If he can pull off the older Hoover, then maybe. I think Jeff Bridges would be dynamite as Rawbone personally. Joseph Gordon Levitt would be terrific as Lourdes and is about the right age.