Leonardo DiCaprio is gunning for his second Oscar after it’s been announced he’s set to star in a fascinating new role.
The Wolf of Wall Street star is set to play 1970s Jonestown cult leader Jim Jones, who orchestrated a mass suicide that killed 909 people in 1978, according to IndieWire.
Leo is not only starring in the MGM biopic Jim Jones, but he will also be the movie’s producer.
Deadline explained a bit about the Jim Jones story:
“Jones founded the Peoples Temple in Indianapolis in 1955, and promoted it as a fully integrated congregation promoting Christian Socialism. By the 1970s he openly rejected traditional Christianity and claimed that he was God. He constructed Jonestown in Guyana in 1974 and spurred a following to live with him there as he touted a socialist paradise free from U.S. government oppression. Amid rumors of human rights abuses, the U.S. government sent a delegation led by U.S. Representative Leo Ryan in November 1978. Ryan along with four other Jonestown defectors would eventually be gunned down by Jones’ followers. Following the shooting, Jones orchestrated a mass murder-suicide of his followers, which took 918 commune members, 304 of them children in an act that entailed drinking Flavor Aid laced with cyanide.”
It looks like DiCaprio fans can expect to see more of him in the coming years as he stars in Netflix’s Adam McKay comedy Don’t Look Up, which is set for a December 10 release.
He also stars in his long time friend Martin Scorcese’s next film Killers of the Flower Moon, which wrapped up production earlier this year.