They say in Hollywood it's not what you know, but whom you know. Friends are more likely to be cast in films, and frequent collaborators always call each other first when lining up a new project. That's why it's no surprise to hear that Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire have teamed up to produce a project for Warner Bros.
The untitled film - envisioned as an interweaving narrative in the style of Steven Soderbergh's Traffic on the topic of the animal trafficking business - originated from Hardy, who has several special forces friends working against poaching. Basically, the film's various storylines would encapsulate all facets of animal trafficking and poaching from the "ground war on poachers in the African savanna to how animal material ends up in fashion houses of Paris."
The Hollywood Reporter reports that there's no guarantee that Hardy, DiCaprio, or Maguire will star in the film, but they don't rule the possibility out. The calendars of all three critically acclaimed actors are surely booked pretty solid through the next couple years (Hardy is currently filming Mad Max and DiCaprio is in the midst of filming on Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street), but if only for brief appearances, it seems possible all could contribute.
Tom Hardy shared considerable screen time with DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's Inception, while Toby Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio have been friends for years and will be sharing the screen next year in Baz Luhrman's adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Only Maguire and Tom Hardy have yet to work with one another, but one presumes they've crossed paths over the years.
More importantly, DiCaprio has close ties to environmental and animal rights activism, surely a major deciding factor behind his producing this film. THR points out that DiCaprio recently became a spokesman for a campaign to protect elephants that was organized by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
It's still very early in development - the film is currently seeking a writer - but the prospect of a multi-narrative feature starring one or all of the producers backing it has us intrigued. Now the question remains: What all-star cast can the actors pull together, and who will they get to helm the project?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter